#China Is Leasing an Entire Pacific Island. Its Residents Are Shocked. - What could Beijing want with Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, where Allied forces fought a bloody battle with Japan in World War II? Some fear military ambitions nytimes.com/2019/10/16/wor…
The renewable 75-year lease was granted to the China Sam Enterprise Group, a conglomerate founded in 1985 as a state-owned enterprise, according to corporate records.
A copy of the “strategic cooperation agreement,” obtained by The New York Times and verified by two people with knowledge of the deal, reveals both the immediate ambitions of China Sam and the potential for infrastructure that could share civilian and military uses.
The agreement includes provisions for a fishery base, an operations center & “the building or enhancement of the airport.” Though there are no confirmed oil or gas reserves in the Solomons, the agreement also notes that China Sam is interested in building an oil and gas terminal.
These are just the explicit possibilities. The document also states that the government will lease all of Tulagi and the surrounding islands in the province for the development of “a special economic zone or any other industry that is suitable for any development.”
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