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China says it has no intention of building a military base in the Solomon Islands

According to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, cooperation between the two countries includes providing assistance at the request of Honiara and in accordance with the law in maintaining social order, ensuring the safety of life and property, providing humanitarian assistance, responding to natural disasters
Security cooperation between China and the Solomon Islands does not involve the construction of a military base.

This was stated to journalists on Thursday by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi following a meeting with Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Jeremy Manele in Honiara.
"Security cooperation between China and the Solomon Islands is open, <...> it is not directed against third parties, [China] has no intention of building a military base," he was quoted as saying on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
According to Wang Yi, cooperation between the two countries includes providing assistance at the request of Honiara and in accordance with the law in maintaining social order, ensuring the safety of life and property, providing humanitarian assistance, responding to natural disasters. As the Minister pointed out, the cooperation is aimed at filling the deficit in the field of security management, as well as ensuring long-term order and stability in the Solomon Islands.
On April 19, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced that China and the Solomon Islands had signed a framework agreement on security cooperation. The Australian and US authorities have warned the government of the Solomon Islands that they will react harshly if China, in accordance with the agreement on security cooperation, places Chinese military facilities on the territory of this country, to which Beijing responded with a statement about the absence of such plans.