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Hysteria surrounds unlikely Chinese military base in Solomon Islands

By Clive Williams
April 28 2022 - 7:30pm
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

China's security pact with the Solomons took less than a week to go from being a framework security agreement to being a nefarious Chinese plan to build a military base to threaten Australia. Defence Minister Peter Dutton says the Australian government has very real concerns about China setting up a military base on the Solomon Islands less than 2,000 km away from the Australian coast. And Prime Minister Morrison has warned it would be "a red line issue for Australia".

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