In news: Recently, the Solomon Islands has temporarily halted all naval visits.
Key details of the Issue:
- The country’s move to refuse access to its ports is a departure from the norm and raises concerns about China’s growing influence in the country and the region at
- Earlier this year, the Solomon Islands established a security agreement with China, saying it needed China’s assistance with its domestic security situation.
- The announcement had rattled the US, Australia, and others in the Indo-Pacific region.
- The concerns were that the agreement could potentially lead to a Chinese military base on the island nation, and the power-projection capabilities the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would gain as a
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Source: Indian Express