US Coast Guard ship denied entry to Solomon Islands port, officials suspect Chinese influence

Under President Joe Biden, every American should be extremely afraid of China. The communist nation has waited for decades to start making moves, and finally has the chance to do so under the United States’ weakest president in modern history.

According to Fox News, that was evidenced once again recently when a U.S. Coast Guard cutter was denied entry to a port in the Solomon Islands, sparking continued concerns about China’s growing influence in that area of the Pacific. 

The situation came about as USCG cutter Oliver Henry was on routine patrols in the area as part of Operation Island Chief. Seeking to stop an refuel at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, the cutter was denied after Solomon Islands government representatives never responded to the request to allow the cutter to dock.

The move coincidentally came in the wake of the island nation signing a security pact with China.

The security pact

Fox noted: “China has been assertively trying to expand its presence and influence in the Pacific, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare alarmed some neighbors, the U.S. and others after he signed a new security pact with China.”

Some officials believe China could use the islands to establish a military presence a mere 1,200 miles from Australia’s northeast coast, putting the Chinese military even closer to Guam.

“China is gaining ground in its efforts to gain dominance in the Pacific – ‘Solomon Islands denies port call for Guam-based US Coast Guard cutter,'” tweeted James Hutton, former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary.

Others are going as far as to claim that China is already actively involved in running the Solomon Islands in preparation for the aforementioned plan.

The relationship between the U.S. and Solomon Islands has been described recently as “tense” in the wake of the security pact signed with China.

Taiwan on the radar

Because of Biden’s weak leadership on the world stage, plenty of experts are all but sure that China will, at some point in time before 2024, launch a full-scale invasion of Taiwan.

It’s still unclear whether or not — or how — the U.S. would intervene if such a scenario should play out.

 

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