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Australia's prime minister warns against growing Chinese influence in the region

Added 04-26-22 10:03:01am EST - “Australia's prime minister said a Chinese military base on the neighboring Solomon Islands would be a "red line" for him, but he hasn't announced how his country would respond if China establishes a base.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Australia’s prime minister warns against growing Chinese influence in the region”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Australia’s prime minister said a Chinese military base on the neighboring Solomon Islands would be a “red line” for him, but he hasn’t announced how his country would respond if China establishes a base.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday he was concerned about what it could mean for countries in the region if a recently signed security pact between China and the Solomon Islands resulted in Beijing expanding its military presence.

“This is a shared concern, not just Australia. This is Australia and regional governments, particularly places like Fiji and Papua New Guinea,” Mr. Morrison said, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“We won’t be having Chinese military naval bases in our region on our doorstep,” said Mr. Morrison, who leads the country’s center-right Liberal Party of Australia.

Mr. Morrison said officials in Washington share his concerns about growing Chinese military influence in the region. In February, the U.S. announced it would “expedite” its plan to reopen its embassy in the Solomon Islands’ capital of Honiara.

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