Communist China is making strategic moves in the pacific leaving the Biden administration scrambling.
The Washington Examiner reports that China recently signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands, and now the communist regime is trying to follow that pact up with an economic maritime agreement.
The concern is that China’s real objective with these agreements is to establish a military presence on the strategically positioned Solomon Islands, giving it greater influence over the area.
The Examiner explains the strategic significance of the Solomon Islands, writing:
The Solomon Islands figured most dramatically in American history during World War II, when the U.S. victory in the Battle of Guadalcanal turned the tide of the conflict in the Pacific theater. The significance of that battle reflected geographic factors that remain relevant: as in that fight, American forces scrambled to prevent Imperial Japan from gaining a base that would allow them to choke off Australia and threaten U.S. access to the region.
Both the Solomon Islands and China have put out statements contradicting the idea that China may be looking to set up a military base on the islands.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Wednesday said, “the rumor that China will build a military base in the Solomon Islands is pure disinformation fabricated by a few individuals with ulterior motives.”
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare similarly has said that “there is nothing sinister” about the agreements between the Solomon Islands and China.
The Biden admin’s response
Just days after China and the Solomon Islands agreed to the security pact, senior members of the Biden administration met with members of the Solomon Islands’ government. A readout of the meeting has been released by the White House.
“The United States respects the right of nations to make sovereign decisions in the best interests of their people,” the readout states. “The two sides engaged in substantial discussion around the recently signed security agreement between Solomon Islands and the People’s Republic of China.”
The readout continues by stating that the U.S. officials raised concerns about the implications of the agreement.
“Solomon Islands representatives indicated that the agreement had solely domestic applications, but the U.S. delegation noted there are potential regional security implications of the accord, including for the United States and its allies and partners,” the readout states. “The U.S. delegation outlined clear areas of concern with respect to the purpose, scope, and transparency of the agreement.”
It is unclear what steps the Biden administration is prepared to take, if any, to prevent China from establishing a military presence on the Solomon Islands. Thus far, there are only reports that the Biden administration is looking to establish a U.S. Embassy there.