Solomon Islands

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Cabinet committee blocked plan to double Australia’s support to Pacific, election-eve leak reveals
‘Extraordinary’ revelation about national security decision shows the government is ‘falling apart’, Labor says

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

20, May, 2022 @3:12 AM

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Spy agency head suggests disillusioned Chinese officials cooperating with Australia
In rare public address Asis chief says there are ‘more signs of officials and individuals interested in a relationship’ due to China’s ‘enforced monoculture’

Elias Visontay

10, May, 2022 @8:27 AM

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Marise Payne holds first meeting with Solomon Islands counterpart since China security pact
Anthony Albanese says meeting ‘about time’ as Scott Morrison says Australia reassured Solomons would not host military base

Josh Taylor and AAP

07, May, 2022 @7:20 AM

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Scott Morrison denies Solomon Islands ‘red lines’ rhetoric puts Australia more at risk
Making a defence funding announcement in WA, prime minister continues to face questions about his handling of national security issues

Daniel Hurst and Paul Karp

06, May, 2022 @5:21 AM

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New Zealand foreign minister blames ‘relationship failure’ for China-Solomons security deal
Nanaia Mahuta confirms ‘unwelcome and unnecessary’ deal came as a surprise to New Zealand and Australia, saying the Solomons must provide transparency

Tess McClure in Auckland

04, May, 2022 @11:34 PM

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Scott Morrison has not spoken to Solomon Islands prime minister since calling election
Australian PM insists he wants positive relationship, while Manasseh Sogavare says use of ‘back yard’ to describe country is offensive

Daniel Hurst

04, May, 2022 @7:44 AM

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Pacific nations walk geopolitical tightrope over Ukraine war, as nuclear legacy looms
Pacific leaders have broadly lambasted the Russian assault, but some countries have resisted outright condemnation of the superpower

Jon Letman

03, May, 2022 @2:32 AM

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In 35 years' reporting from Solomon Islands, I have never seen such secrecy as the last few months | Dorothy Wickham
Journalists have been chased from parliament by police and attacked by the prime minister. Now more than ever we need a free press

Dorothy Wickham in Honiara

02, May, 2022 @9:00 PM

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Climate crisis – not China – is biggest threat to Pacific, say former leaders
Pacific Elders Voice group says military tension ‘created by China and the US and its allies’ are secondary to rising seas and catastrophic cyclones

Kate Lyons

29, Apr, 2022 @2:29 AM

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Australia’s foreign minister denounces China’s ‘secret’ security deal with Solomon Islands
Marise Payne says other members of the ‘Pacific family’ share concerns but she rejects claims her government ‘dropped the ball’ in the region

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

28, Apr, 2022 @5:57 AM

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Solomons PM could use Chinese police to stay in power, key provincial adviser fears
Celsus Irokwato Talifilu says ordinary people also worried about being caught in a conflict between China and the US

Kate Lyons

28, Apr, 2022 @2:22 AM

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Labor ‘gravely concerned’ by Karen Andrews’ claim about potential China election interference
Kristina Keneally says home affairs minister must clarify comments or brief Labor on intelligence reporting of foreign interference

Daniel Hurst

27, Apr, 2022 @5:30 PM

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