Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Wang Xiaohong met with Anthony Veke, minister of police, national security and correctional services of Solomon Islands, in Beijing on Wednesday.

Wang said China says is ready to work with Solomon Islands to promote police and law enforcement cooperation, in order to make due contributions to the development of comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Veke said that Solomon Islands is willing to strengthen cooperation with China on police and law enforcement, and push forward bilateral relations.

A police cooperation pact was among nine deals signed after Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing, underlining his nation's foreign policy shift.

A spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council said Washington "respects the ability of nations to make sovereign decisions in the best interests of their people" while encouraging the sides "to release these texts immediately to increase transparency and inform discussions about the impacts of these agreements on regional security."

With Reuters