China calls itself ‘direct stakeholder’ in Pacific security

“China is a direct stakeholder in the security of the South Pacific region. China does not have selfish interests in the South Pacific, does not seek “spheres of influence” or engage in intimidation and coercion, and will relentlessly push forward practical cooperation with island countries. of the South Pacific in various fields.

Although last week’s meeting did not involve senior officials from either government, formal interactions between the two countries have been rare over the past three years.

Meeting participants also discussed other regional issues, including the pandemic and economic recovery, fisheries and oceans, infrastructure, climate change and disaster prevention.

China has said it has no plans to build a military base in the Solomon Islands. “Relevant cooperation aims to help Solomon Islands maintain internal stability and social security, which is in the common interest of the countries in the region, and does not involve or target third parties,” the ministry said. Foreign Affairs.

A leaked memorandum of understanding between the Solomon Islands government and China’s Ministry of Commerce details proposals for construction of undersea wharfs and cables, and cooperation on undersea resources and deep-sea fishing projects.

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