The prime minister of Solomon Islands has guaranteed there will never be a Chinese military base in his country, saying that any such deal with Beijing would undermine regional security, make Solomon Islands an ‘enemy’ and ‘put our country and our people as targets for potential military strikes’. Manasseh Sogavare also said that Australia remained the ‘security partner of choice’ for Solomon Islands and he would only call on China to send security personnel to the country if there was a ‘gap’ that Australia could not meet

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