Japan's media frets about Beijing's Pacific footprint

Japan's media frets about Beijing's Pacific footprint

Japan’s media frets about Beijing’s Pacific footprint Author: Tadashi Iwami, Hokkaido University On 19 April 2022, the governments of China and the Solomon Islands signed a security agreement. The Solomon Islands was the first Pacific island country to sign such a pact — and traditional powers in the Pacific region were swift in responding to the security deal. High-ranking officials from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan met in Honolulu on the same day and expressed their shared concerns over the security deal by noting ‘serious risks to a free and open Indo-Pacific’. They also reaffirmed the ‘four countries’ enduring and shared commitment to the Pacific Islands’. In just three days, White House Indo-Pacific Coordinator, Kurt Campbell and US Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and …
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