US Vows Response If China Establishes Permanent Base on Solomon Islands

© AP Photo / Mark SchiefelbeinFILE - Ships are docked offshore in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Nov. 24, 2018.
FILE - Ships are docked offshore in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Nov. 24, 2018.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.04.2022
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States will respond accordingly if China establishes a permanent military presence on the Solomon Islands, the White House said on Friday.
"If steps are taken to establish a de facto permanent military presence, power-projection capabilities, or a military installation, the delegation noted that the United States would then have significant concerns and respond accordingly," the White House said in a press release.
The statement was made shortly after the two sides agreed to launch a high-level strategic dialogue.
"At this critical juncture, the United States and Solomon Islands agreed to launch a high-level strategic dialogue, co-chaired on the US side by the White House and the Department of State,” the White House said.

Both sides have agreed to focus on security issues of mutual concern, economic and social development, public health as well as finance and debt, according to the release.
A building burns in Chinatown, in the capital city of Honiara, Solomon Islands, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.04.2022
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