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The Solomon Islands in the South Pacific just signed a security cooperation agreement with China. Government leaders in the United States, Australia and New Zealand see it as a threat to the stability of the region.

  • Lyle Goldstein, director of Asia engagement at Defense Priorities and visiting professor at Brown University, said he does not think the agreement is a major threat to the United States, Australia or New Zealand and its importance should not be exaggerated.
  • Goldstein said riots on the island related to Chinese nationals in Nov. 2021 are likely what sparked the agreement.
  • He said the U.S. should focus on carefully defending its own territories like Hawaii, Alaska and Guam and emphasize Japan as a cornerstone of American security in the Asia-Pacific region.

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