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Hon Wale said Solomon Islands is a democratic country, owned by the people and they are entitled to know what is being transacted in their name.

Opposition Raises Concerns Over Secrecy Surrounding MOUs With China

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale has raised concerns that MOUs that will be signed by the visiting PRC foreign minister and the national government have been kept secret only to a few in the top government echelon.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the Wang's one-day visit at the head of a nearly 20-strong delegation would be a "milestone" in the two countries' relationship. MASI says it will be boycotting the media event where Wang will be addressing a selected group of local media outlets.

MASI Boycotts China Delegation Press Event

Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has issued a boycott notice to its members for the PRC Press Event scheduled for Thursday.
Officials from the Quad nations have clarified in the past that it's not a military alliance like NATO but a partnership for a shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region.

Chinese Foreign Minister Will Visit Solomon Islands as Quad Leaders Convene in Tokyo

The Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi is scheduled to visit Solomon Islands later this week. This was confirmed by the Prime Minister’s office, and the Chinese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Li Ming.
"I can assure you there will be no military base in Solomon Islands and Australia remains our partner of choice,” Mr. Veke told Karen Andrews, Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs.

Veke Says Australia Remains Partner of Choice

Paving the way for a naval military base in Solomon Islands was the main concern of Australia on the security pact Honiara and Beijing signed recently. But the Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Anthony Veke, saw no cause for alarm in the security pact.
Hosted by the Forum Secretary General Henry Puna at the Forum Secretariat, the dialogue allowed for Forum members to hear directly from the Government of Solomon Islands on the context of its security agreement with China.

PIFS Secretary General Hosts Solomon Islands "Tok Stori" Session

Pacific Forum Leaders and Foreign Ministers attended a unique ‘Tok Stori’ hybrid event in Suva.