Solomon Islands confirms security negotiations with China, will not 'pick sides'


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SYDNEY: Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said that the backlash to his country's security negotiations with China was "very insulting", in his first comments on a proposed security treaty. Sogavare told his parliament on Tuesday (Mar 29) that a leaked security document with China was a draft and he would not give details on the content of any proposed deal. "We are not pressured in any way by our new friends and there is no intention whatsoever to ask China to build a military base in the Solomon Islands," he said. He added that the Solomon Islands had previously...