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"... it points to an important lesson for the United States as it vies with #China for influence across the Pacific: you have got to show up. And the United States has not."

nytimes.com/2022/06/27/opi… #SolomonIslands #diplomacy
1/ "We get it. The #SolomonIslands is small, remote and economically insignificant. But if all countries like us are dismissed as such, China will pick us off one by one with its promises of business projects and development aid."
2/ "There is a creeping sense today that we are being ignored, if not forgotten. So who can blame us if we open the door to new friends who can help with our needs?

And those needs are great."
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#SolomonIslands

Answer to the question of the New Zealand prime minister.
Australia and New Zealand had similar security cooperation agreement with Solomon Islands,
why does Solomon Islands need another security pact with China?
When Australia came to Solomon's help to deal with the riots in 2021, Australia's intervention was selective. The scope of protection was limited to non-Chinese businesses. Looters could continue to assault the Chinese businesses and were let go.
Bearing in mind that the riots took place in a "Chinese" street, and mainly Chinese businesses were targeted, the purpose of Australia's intervention was pretty much to make sure the criminals could get away safe and sound.
In these circumstances,
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Below is a rough reconstruction of a Chinese podcast I listened to commenting on #Ukraine and #SolomonIslands

"For many countries, sovereignty is a luxury. There are many countries in the world that are very willing to have an extraterritorial power to take care of
their affairs, and for that they are willing to give away a lot of benefits and provide a lot of facilities, because in their view, if someone can provide them with a stable regional order, reliable economic opportunities, and be a protector to complain to in case of injustice,
then they are willing to pay back in exchange. The reason is simple: sovereignty is a luxury that most countries can't afford.
For such countries, outsourcing sovereignty in exchange for more realistic benefits (such as security guarantee and economic opportunities)
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Some background for the security pact between China and the #SolomonIslands which has given trauma and elicited PTSD from the Anglo-Saxons and Japanese.

Solomon Islands, a South Pacific island nation with a land area of only 28,400km², a population of 720,000
and a GDP of $1.55 billion, is one of the world's least developed countries. The country is divided into 9 provinces, with more than 990 islands. More than 90% of the population lives on agriculture and fishing, and relies heavily on imports for manufactured
and petroleum products.
Timber is an important industry and the most important source of foreign currency generation in Solomon Islands, accounting for 55% of export earnings. The Islands are resource rich, abundant in tuna fish, lead, zinc, nickel, gold and other mineral
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Prime Minister #ScottMorrison has declared that the establishment of a Chinese naval base in the #SolomonIslands would be crossing a "red Line" for Australia. “We won’t be having Chinese military naval bases in our region on our doorstep.” 1/
thehill.com/policy/interna…
But how does Morrison's declaration, backed by the US, square with the US-NATO insistence that #Ukraine has an absolute and non-negotiable right to join its military alliance, regardless of Russia's objections? 2/
Morrison considers the Solomon Islands to be on the "doorstep" of Australia. Honiara, the capital of the Islands, is separated from Sydney by 2,858 kilometers of ocean water. That's a pretty big doorstep! 3/ Image
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US hypocrisy and double standard exemplified. Compare the US position on military alliance regarding #Ukraine and the #SolomonIslands

US State Department spokesman Ned Price: The key point is that there are principles that are at stake here that have universal applicability
everywhere, whether in Europe, whether in the Indo-Pacific, anywhere in between. And those are the core principles that President Putin has sought to violate and flout and that our Ukrainian partners, backed by the international community, have sought to defend -
the principle that each and every country has a sovereign right to determine its own foreign policy, has a sovereign right to determine for itself with whom it will choose to associate in terms of its alliances, its partnerships, and what orientation it wishes to direct its gaze.
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Happening now: @PentagonPresSec briefs reporters at the Pentagon Image
#Russia repositioning from around #Kyiv-"We continue to see indications that they are moving a small number..." per @PentagonPresSec "It has not been wholesale by any means"

"Not exactly clear...where they are going to go, for how long, for what purpose" he says
US believes small number of #Russia|n troops being repositioned from around #Kyiv likely will be sent to #Belarus to resupply & refit before being sent elsewhere in #Ukraine, per @PentagonPresSec

Same w/Russian troops being repositioned from #Chernobyl, he says
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For those who asked, 🧵with some of my #SolomonIslands coverage.

Bottomline: SI leaders warned about dangers of CCP elite capture since before 2019 switch. No one listened.

Now they say Townsville Peace Agreement needs to be enacted. We should listen.
sundayguardianlive.com/news/china-ent…
Written w/ Alexander Gray (ex-NSC). Why US shouldn't 'subcontract' policy - i.e. with Pacific Island Countries - even to very close partners like Australia.

It undermines trust and allows for misunderstandings.

No one benefits, except malign actors.

thediplomat.com/2021/12/the-so…
Explains why Nov 2021 Australian deployment to #SolomonIslands post-riots was a strategic error. It bolstered an unpopular pro-PRC PM and, as we know now, gave him justification for inviting in Chinese 'police trainers' soon after.
thediplomat.com/2021/11/foreig…
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NEW RESEARCH:

-- Vaccinating the Pacific --

By @AlexandreDayant - projecting #Covid19 vaccination rates and timelines for 14 countries across the Pacific Islands region.

pacificvaccination.lowyinstitute.org
The research reveals a region divided. Countries in the Northern Pacific have benefitted from the United States' vaccine rollout, and small island nations have been quick to take advantage of supply to reach high coverage rates.
But countries in Melanesia are lagging behind, with #SolomonIslands, #Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea expected to reach less than 20 percent of their population by the end of 2022. #PNG is projected to reach only 35 percent coverage by 2026.
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Opening of the Small Island Developing States Summit for health with @DrTedros pscp.tv/w/c6gowDI2MTAy…
"I would like to warmly welcome you to the SIDS Summit for Health, the first ever gathering of leaders focusing exclusively on health in Small Island Developing States. Today is about you and the many health threats your nations face"-@DrTedros
"#COVID19 has presented a dire economic and health crisis for SIDS, while other health risks such as #ClimateChange, non-communicable diseases and malnutrition have further put your communities at risk"-@DrTedros
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BREAKING🚨🚨

A MASSIVE 7.9 EARTHQUAKE HIT SOUTH OF LOYALTIY ISLAND. A TSUNAMI WARNING IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Tsunami Info Stmt: M7.9 Loyalty Islands Region 0520PST Feb 10: Event is being reviewed to determine threat to CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK
perviouse a 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake hit minuts before.
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#SolomonIslands #UnitedKingdom #Australia #Norway #Bomb #Disposal

Two bomb defusers from Great Britain and Australia were killed in the Solomon Islands when remains of ordnance from World War II exploded in an office of the Norwegian People's Aid.
According to the Norwegian People's Aid, the bomb disposal workers were in action in the Solomon Islands to collect data on remains of ammunition from World War II.
Police said the men were carrying out unauthorized work with ammunition in a residential area in the capital Honiara. "We do not know exactly what led to the explosions.
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#Shaking detected

5.1MWW #Magnitude #Earthquake reported

62 km W of #Panguna, #PapuaNewGuinea, #PNG
82km deep

17.09.2020/ 03:27:37 (UTC)
GPS: 6.253, 154.927

reported by @USGS Image
@geonet classefie it as a Magnitude 5.9MB, 3815 km north-west of Whangarei (#NewZeeland)
This plot shows 1 hour of data from the nearest available seismic station in the Global Seismographic Network.

#Honiara, #SolomonIslands (9.4387° S x 159.9475° E) #PapuaNewguinea #PNG #Earthquake

Distance from Epicenter to the seismograph IU-#HNR = 657km SW
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The #IMF says the "Great Lockdown" recession will likely be the worst since the Great Depression. Global economy projected to shrink by 3% in 2020. By contrast, in January, the IMF had forecast a global GDP expansion of 3.3% for this year. Details in chart below. Table: @IMFNews
IMF: Partial global rebound to 5.8% in 2021 “assumes the #pandemic fades in the 2nd half of 2020, & that policy actions taken by countries are effective in preventing widespread firm bankruptcies, extended job losses, & system-wide financial strains.” #WEO ow.ly/ZLYi50zccSJ
How does your country fare in the latest #IMF projections for 2020 & 2021? imf.org/~/media/Files/… @IMFNews #economies #GDP #finance
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"Under a secretive deal signed last month with a provincial government in the [#SolomonIslands], a Beijing-based company with close ties to the CCP has secured exclusive development rights for the entire island [of #Tulagi] & its surroundings."

nytimes.com/2019/10/16/wor…
"The island of #Tulagi served as a South Pacific headquarters for Britain then Japan, and during #WorldWarII, its natural deepwater harbor made it a military gem. Now, #China is moving in with plans to effectively take control."

nytimes.com/2019/10/16/wor…
"Even compared to previous #Chinese development deals in nearby countries — including a wharf in #Vanuatu, whose terms were not publicly released for years — the #Tulagi agreement is remarkable for both its scope and lack of public input."

nytimes.com/2019/10/16/wor…
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The #UnitedNations still has an unfulfilled promised to🇵🇸#Palestine, a commitment that was adopted 70 years ago at the General Assembly & has not materialized yet: the creation of its free & sovereign State.-🇧🇴#Bolivia's Amb. to the #UN, @SachaLlorenti
"70 yrs ago the #UN made 2 promises to the world
1st was to create a free & sovereign state of #Israel,the promise was fulfilled
2nd promise was to create a free independent & sovereign state of #Palestine
We're talking of more than 70yrs of an unfulfilled promise"#Bolivia UN Amb
"One of the parties has built checkpoints in occupied #Palestinian Territories,
an annexation wall along the #WestBank, illegal settlements,responsible for preventing the return of more than👉#6MILLION👈Palestinian refugees to their homes,..."@SachaLlorenti,#Bolivia's Amb. to #UN
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