Australia must ready Solomon Islands invasion

Here is the news:

A draft security co-operation agreement between China and the Solomon Islands would allow Chinese military forces to be ­deployed in the Pacific Island ­nation and could pave the way for the establishment of a People’s Liberation Army base.

The “framework agreement” between the two governments, which was leaked online on Thursday, would enable the Solomon Islands government to ­“request China to send police, armed police, military personnel and other law enforcement and armed forces to Solomon ­Islands”.

In a pointed response, Australia’s High Commissioner in the Solomon Islands Lachlan Strahan announced extra aid for the country including more than $20m in financial support.

“Following a meeting with PM (Manasseh) Sogavare, delighted to confirm Australia will extend the Solomons International Assistance Force until Dec 2023, build a radio network across the Solomon Islands, construct a second patrol bt outpost on the eastern border and provide SBD130 million ($21.64 million AUD) )in budget support,” Dr Strahan said on social media on Thursday night.

ANU National Security College head Rory Medcalf said the as-yet-unsigned agreement would give China unprecedented military access to Australia’s ­Pacific neighbour, including the potential establishment of a ­Chinese base in Solomon Islands. “Assuming it is accurate, this is a very serious shift,” he said. ­“Because if you read the document, it literally is an open door to a Chinese military presence in the Solomon Islands with authorisation to use force.

There is no way that Australia can allow this deal to proceed. If it must, the nation should invade and capture Guadalcanal such that we engineer regime change in Honiara.

There are other soft power levers to pull first and we should pull them forcefully.

But we should also immediately begin amassing an amphibious invasion force to add pressure.

Why is this so vital? Because if a Chinese naval base is allowed to develop so close to Australian shores, it is the effective end of our sovereignty and democracy.

China will have parked an enormous stationary aircraft carrier within direct striking distance of every eastern Australian city.

This is the 14 conditions to end Australian democracy weaponised.

Any time that Beijing disagrees with Canberra, it will open the hatches on its Solomon-based cruise missiles and ask us to reconsider.

This will include no disagreement with Beijing over key features of the silent invasion like a cowed media, as well increased migration and bribery without accountability, eventually capturing enough federal seats that Beijing controls elections.

This is Australia’s Cuban missile crisis. That playbook might also be useful in forcing a Solomon’s retreat via a naval blockade of all shipping. It is our red line that China and the Pacific Islands must NEVER be allowed to cross.

Hilariously, in the usual dark way, we are suddenly in the same position as Russia. Like it does, we have a great power that is intrinsically hostile to our way of life occupying our sphere of influence and border buffer zone from which it can wield unlimited powers of gunboat diplomacy. Also like Russia, the occupation is via the very corridor that previous invasions have come and been beaten back. Our young men died to liberate Guadalcanal in WWII from North Asian fascists and it must be defended again, against Honiara if necessary.

But do we have anybody to defend us? Psycho Morrison is all brand and no balls. Labor will be riven by Chinese allegiances. Both have spent the last six weeks condemning Russian “aggression”. So has Washington. The press and our woke civil society are obsessed with Russia even as the CCP occupies our backyard.

Well, Psycho, here it is! This is your chance to actually do something real for once and to dramatically turn your election fortunes while you’re at it. It is your Tampa, only this time for real. Force a direct confrontation with Beijing over the Solomons using any and all means necessary.

Get the backing and military support of Washington and drive China out of the South Pacific.

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  1. We should have absolutely nothing to do with China. No trade. Zip. Yes it would hurt but so what. Of course it ain’t going to happen.

    • We should also garentee ever Solomon Islander Australian citizenship in the event of seas rising due to climate change. However if they let China on their shores then tell them they can go to China when the seas rises.

      • Grand Funk RailroadMEMBER

        Hilariously, in the usual dark way, we are suddenly in the same position as Russia. Like it does, we have a great power that is intrinsically hostile to our way of life occupying our sphere of influence and border buffer zone from which it can wield unlimited powers of gunboat diplomacy. Also like Russia, the occupation is via the very corridor that previous invasions have come and been beaten back. Our young men died to liberate Guadalcanal in WWII from North Asian fascists and it must be defended again, against Honiara if necessary.

        Unlike Russia Australia cannot point to the historical scoreboard and say ‘we have been invaded from the Solomon Islands every 50 years for the past thousand years’ and we cant really say ‘well the Solomon islanders are pretty much the same as us’

        • There was (and still is, I think) the Kanaka slave trade.

          Heck, there’s more than a century of people flow from the Solomans to Australia!

          On the other hand, didn’t we prosecute the Soloman’s Justice Minister for child abuse last time we helped old Honiara out?

    • We should have absolutely nothing to do with China

      Who is ‘we’?

      Australia has over 25% of its population born overseas, and a further 25% with at least one parent born overseas. Are we to assume we are to protect….

      it is the effective end of our sovereignty and democracy

      Well this concept is particularly liberal, particularly post-enlightenment and particularly White.

      A lot has been done to undermine all 3 of these things, so is it worth protecting? Does the majority (i.e. 25% + 25%) want it to be protected.

      … I’m sure the cheap flat screen TV’s and facebook likes were worth it…… just our kids may never know about it….

    • China was a better country when it isolated itself from the world and slaughtered it’s own population. Yes, I think the current situation is THAT bad. 🙁

    • Raises big question marks on what went on with RAMSI to make the Chinese an accepted partner now.

      Or is it purely $$ to the right people. If $$, Oz will need to rethink it’s strategy.

  2. cZ0mzqFILC8zoVHqMEMBER

    Perhaps you might attempt to out-largess Beijing, initially. You might build a Yankee style baseball stadium to compete with the communist installation of a Bolshoi style ballet theatre; until you have deployed your new ‘boomer’ nuclear submarines.

    • It doesn’t appear at 1st glance to be a money issue. Its a dodgy government asking another dodgy government to protect them from being overthrown. If we got asked the same thing, we would have told them we support free and fair elections and that we cannot offer military protection to a government that should not be in power.

      Obviously, China is happy to offer these terms in exchange for extending tentacles into the region. The long game is what else can they do with this regional access.

      • China is just poking the Koala to distract the world from its cowardly blind support for Poo Tin and his Hitler-esq WW3 campaign

  3. Goldstandard1MEMBER

    Thank you for articulating the situation NATO put Russia into by bringing it a little closer to home. I am no Russia fan, but NATO poked the bear and China is now doing it to us. I shall share this with a few boomers who like to see everything very MSN.

    • Solomons can self-determine – we just need to be that choice, and need to try a lot harder, now, with conditions. We don’t have to be Russia. Russia didn’t have to be Russia.

      Further, Russia already has NATO nations on its border, doesn’t it? But, the way they and other apologists are going on about things we’d be forgiven for thinking that Ukraine was going to be the first NATO nation bordering Russia. There’s a lot more going on, and I think it really overwhelmingly boils down to imperial and egotistical ambition.

      And, the Solomons don’t need to protect themselves against us like Ukraine needs/wants to protect itself against Russia – there is something else going on, and it is probably $$$$$.

      So, there are some parallels between our situation now, and the Ukraine-Russia situation, but I don’t think they’re nearly as strong once we bring other critical considerations into view.

      • Ronin8317MEMBER

        Without foreign troops, there will soon be a coup. If Australia won’t provide protection for the government, the Chinese will. This is ‘self determination’.

          • Unfortunately, from what I’ve heard in the Solomon’s, it all really comes down to tribalism
            All you can do is to pick a side and make sure that they’re going to be the winner. That’s been our strategy and it works well when you’re the only big player in the game. However, this strategy fails miserably (especially for the Islanders themselves) if both tribes get full military support from different, but equally committed, third parties.

          • If the Solomon’s govt starts committing genocide against its people to stay in power, that’s when we would send in troops. They are asking us to protect them from being overthrown. Chinese said sure, we probably said no thanks.

      • Yes they should have self determination. Had we (well the LNP for the most part) not cut back on funding, deployment programs etc (in the name of running a budget surplus while forgetting one of the reasons it was established in the first place) we likely would not be in this situation. One of the greatest soft power moves we have in the pacific is rugby, adding the Drua & Moana teams is soft power China simply cannot compete with. (League should do the same with PNG). We should also treat those workers who come here well & pay them well, again that would ensure much goodwill. And had we offered more support to pacific islands economically (islands will always struggle economically) the other pacific nations would heap pressure on Honiara and likely change the local political dynamic which is largely about getting funds from Taiwan or China to different parties.

      • Of course its $$$$, China has a big wallet and will pay directly to those in power.

        Look at Hun Sen in Cambodia, all the money ends up in his pockets, nothing for the people.

  4. I am ignorant on this. Genuine question. Does China supply anything we absolutely need that we can’t get elsewhere or make ourselves?

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      At the moment, yes.

      For starters, go to Bunnings and randomly pick up the box of any manufactured good. Look at the Made In label.

      Turns out, manufacturing is important.

      Turns out, manufacturing is strategic.

      Turns out, a Defense Force needs a manufacturing base.

      • Such a 19th/20th century outlook haven’t you heard that of Virtualization, this is the 21st century and we don’t need no stinking / polluting manufactures (yuck.. I had to spit that word out of my mouth…and the foul taste it left behind) after all as every Boomer knows, having a factory anywhere in the vicinity decreases RE values.
        We don’t need no stinking factories!

    • 2019/2020, 27% of ALL imports are from China.
      Would take a decade of concerted effort to replace, and inflation thru day roof to boot.
      Will fix house prices but !!

  5. With such a large Chinese population in Australia, all it will take is a few equivalent events such as the Cronulla Riots on the Chinese diaspora to legitimise China moving in to ‘protect their people’.

    Same as Cyprus, same as Ukraine.

    Diversity is our Strength!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I shake my head every year when the local garbage media celebrate Chinese New Year. I am sure they do the same in Beijing with our Australia Day.

      • Ronin8317MEMBER

        Chinese New Year is more like Christmas due to the long holiday, while Australia Day is more like Chinese National Day. Pre-COVID, it’s the time when Chinese do most of their overseas travels and buy overseas properties.

        • boomengineeringMEMBER

          Wrong spot replying to Tailor T.
          Bit of luck and my son living in Chatwoo will find a bride to give me a grandkid.

      • Hareeba,

        How many Australians have immigrated (not just there as expats for 5 yrs) to China and what % of the pop would they be Vs the same Q for Chinese immigrating here?

        Lived o/s for 7 yrs (M.E. & HK) and we do exactly the same as immigrants are accused of doing here. Oh, xmas was a big thing in both places as well.

        • drsmithyMEMBER

          I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess he’s not so concerned about celebrating St Paddy’s day and Halloween.

    • TailorTrashMEMBER

      “We will defend Chinese interests ….where ever they are “
      Xi Jinping

      The Chatswood Eastwood Hurstville Donbas region might need protecting one day

      Blind Freddy can see where this might end up …….big moment for straya this if it gets up

      • Xi would use this as an excuse, just as Putin is doing. However I’m sure that the vast majority of Chinese Aussies would side with Australia, in any likely scenario (despite pangs of nationalism for the land O f their births). Of course if it looked like the CCP were going to invade & occupy us those numbers would reduce as some would hedge their bets. I know many Chinese that do jump to their countries defence when criticised but a week later are slamming the CCP, and a decent number are also vehemently anti CCP.

        • Not sure that I agree.
          I know many first and even second generation Chinese who labour under our rules, (our very white rules), for no other reason than that at the moment we make the rules. Now if this situation were to suddenly change, then who better than them to step into the void. who better than them to act as intermediaries and profit from the change?

        • TailorTrashMEMBER

          Thankfully all Chinese in straya are not CHINESE …as in the newly jumped up jackbooted motherland variety ….
          ….agree most of these pose no threat and would indeed be an asset as they have no time for the said jackbooted ones

          The issue might become so because Uncle Xi makes no differentiation as to the origins or location of ethnic Chinese …he claims them all as “ overseas Chinese “ ………..and part of his “ great rejuvenation “

          ………..still the last great empire had a lot of BNO ‘s …….quite a few in Hong Kong I believe

          We are set for some interesting times …….

    • I really do hope ASIO and the higher echelons of military which report beyond the PM’s office have already thought of and dealt with this topic.

      • chuckmuscleMEMBER

        … and concluded that our piddly defense force can hold off the chinese especially once we get those subs in 30 years

      • Haaha good one, almost spat my coffee.
        Have you talked with anyone that works within the Aussie “Intelligence” community?
        They’re very existence brings meaning to word pompous, they have zero respect for China and from a practical perspective they also have zero trust-worthy intelligence on China.
        As an Aussie it’s sad thing to see.
        what I find especially annoying is a our lack of expert level technical knowledge of China’s military capabilities and Military planning.

        • Why would an intelligence officer talk to a civilian? The whole spying thing kind of gets ruined if you tell everyone what you know. If they are sharing these insights with you, they should be court marshalled.

          • good point mum’s the word!
            keep quite what you do know, but more importantly keep quite about what you don’t know.

        • call me ArtieMEMBER

          Dodgy. I think Gareth is actually right. Unless you are security-cleared and also have a need-to-know I doubt that any ASIO/ASIC or even plain old defence person would tell you much about what we either know or don’t know about any foreign country. This is the nature of international affairs and security

    • Someone ElseMEMBER

      We have all but. Aussie air systems are pre-certified for yank gravity nukes. Just need to strap them on.

  6. We have been hoist on our own petard. Australia insisted that Russia has no right to complain about potential NATO weapons on its doorstep, and criticised China for not taking the same stand. Now China has exploited that situation by threatening to place weapons on Australia’s doorstep, knowing that we have abrogated the principle of “sphere of influence”, and therefore have no basis on which to object.

  7. Yeah, that’s not good.

    Who is getting bribed, I wonder? Time for a deep but legit corruption probe into the Solomon government, lead by Aussie hackers? Hmmm

    We need to woo them, not invade them, however…

    A naval blockade is a decent idea, if necessary.

    Is this also due to years of LNP neglect of the relationship?

    • LNP obsession on surpluses & punishing leaners, certainly! Though the left is just as guilty for failing to realise there are still and always will be men who desire world domination, the only way to stop them is having a strong military.

          • call me ArtieMEMBER

            Bolstrood. I think she must be very unhappy. Have you seen photos of her when she was young? Gina was nice looking, possibly hot, even. What has happened?

            I think something has happened. I wonder what personal unhappiness has caused such a change in her appearance and made her into such a driven, ruthless person. I cannot imagine that she is happy

    • Strange EconomicsMEMBER

      Perhaps the LNP could recommend that the Solomons set up an ICAC like the Federal Govt one that they haven’t got?
      ICACs are very effective.

      • Yeah but NZ have said no Nuclear Subs in their harbour. That will work out well I’m sure.

        • Arthur Schopenhauer

          Things change. Germany 🇩🇪 just quadrupled its defense budget.

          I wonder what jets NZ will buy? Gripen? F-16? Maybe Aussie F-18As?

          20 F-18Es?

          • I used to be opposed to Nuclear power, but now I’m all for it. I think it’s 1 way to cut emissions, and deter rogue states.

          • There is no such thing as “Aussie F-18s” for sale. The F-18 is a US export.

            The only way NZ could buy “Aussie F-18s” is if we sold them second hand, which AFAIK isn’t on the cards.

          • Arthur Schopenhauer

            Bnwww

            NZ has a long history of buying Aussie hand me downs. RAN A4s for example. Canada recently purchased a number of former Aussie F-18s.

            And, believe it or not, all but two of the F-18 airframes were built in the Government Aircraft Factory, in Port Melbourne. (So we’re the CAC Sabres, Macchi air trainers and Mirage 3s, along with a range of engines.)

            Yes, amazing.

  8. We should seeking a nuclear-weapons capability. Writing is on the wall. Our neighbours will seek the best deal for themselves, which is fair enough, we can’t control the uncontrollable, now we should concentrate on deterrence.

    • Yes, China have made/are making multiple attempts to secure a large port in our northern region, it is obviously an essential part of their strategy. Normally you’d think this just “commercial” however as the CCP is still very much locked into the cold war ideological mindset of communism/socialism with Chinese characteristics or whatever triumphing over capitalism (was it Sinocism that did a good rundown of CCP documents showing this?). In order to win this victory CCP will have to confront the existing order but when they do they will need commodity supplies, guess Australia will be that supply. So yes having our own (hypersonic) nukes would be a deterrent as the mainland would be at risk.

        • Solomon’s seem to be a far easier play for China and expanding their Pacific holdings would also probs help with their broader expansion ambitions. Taiwan can wait a year or two more

    • Which will result in Indonesia wanting to get nukes. What could go wrong….

      ANZUS protection is enough for now at least.

      • Jonathan Rubenstein

        ANZUS has no “protection”. There is no mutual security guarantee as with NATO.

        We need nukes, but we don’t have the technology to make them. Perhaps we could partner with Japan/S Korea and Taiwan in this matter?

  9. happy valleyMEMBER

    Can we just get this straight. As with everything, this is all Labor’s fault.

  10. Ronin8317MEMBER

    Now do people understand why Putin invaded Ukraine? Nation states all have ‘red lines’ which cannot be crossed.

    Soloman Island is Australia’s geographical backyard. The only reason China got a foothold is ScoMo stuffed it up. It is not about Taiwan vs China. It’s about the ethnic division in Soloman Island.

    https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/repeating-history-australias-new-intervention-in-solomon-islands/

    Same thing happened over 20 years ago. The Soloman Island PM knows that without military support from foreign power, there will be a coup and he’ll be toasted. Since Australia won’t help, he’s asking the Chinese for help. Unfortunately, our PM is pyscho, out Defense Minister is “Mr Potatoes Head” and our Foreign Minister is hardly knows anything beyond reading from the teleprompter. Australia’s choice is to send more troops now to prevent a coup, or invade Soloman Island after the Chinese takeover.

  11. We would have to be prepared to shoot Solomon Islanders……..we have a sorry history there ever since the slave trading ships called at Tulagi, and our actions during the Bouganville troubles disgusted a lot of the natives.. Wouldn’t be hard for someone to source a guerilla campaign to make us look bad.

    The Chinese would be better off looking for a submarine base somewhere in Vanuatu, those Solomon’s harbours wouldn’t fit the carriers like Espiritu Santo for instance.

    • That’s why we just have to woo them – substantially, and now, with conditions.

      Yes, if they need troops to manage unrest, let’s send them. Offer it now. A couple of hundred now, if needed. And some naval vessels. It could both help AND remind them that we’re not China, but we’re also not a pushover.

      But it still really has to be about the wooing – we don’t really have the moral high-ground, but $$$ and boots on the ground is a genuinely material and significant gesture.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      The Chinese will put a really big radar on Soloman Island. That’s all they need to do to threaten every single ship in and out from Australia.

  12. I'll have anotherMEMBER

    Far out. This isn’t good.

    The largest naval battle we were ever involved in was all about protecting Solomon Islands from being occupied.

    Doubt Australia will take this lying down.

    Time for the US to apply serious pressure.

  13. TailorTrashMEMBER

    That shiny new navy built for world domination is no good without bases to operate out of …….
    …a few months ago it was PNG ….now it’s Solomon Islands …….is straya missing out on this opportunity ?….why not offer Tassy ?…..it would bring much needed jobs and growth ……be good for house prices …..and add great vibe$ancy

    This election vote 1 Trash Australia Party
    ( we know what’s good for our doners )

      • Strange EconomicsMEMBER

        Or just see how many TV series are there,
        where container loads of arms or smuggled goods are unloaded at a container port…

        • bolstroodMEMBER

          In Australia less than 5% of containers are inspected.
          So documentry’s rather than TV series may be the go.

  14. Interesting change, especially given our decision to go with fully nuclear submarines.
    Clearly no one in the submarine decision tree had even the slightest clue that China was planning for a base in the Solomon Islands. Talk about looking like fools, they’ve cancelled what would have been the right submarine for job and delayed buying what will prove to be the wrong submarine. like wtf were they thinking?
    Personally I’m ready to dump this failure on Asio’s / Military Intelligence’s doorstep.
    How can it come as a surprise to us that China / Solomon Island cooperation has reached the level where China will have the right to build a base? How is this possible?
    What the F are we spending our intelligence dollars on if something as “predictable” as this agreement was not on our intelligence radar for at least a year? (Especially given the rebuf China already received for a similar proposal wrt Vanuatu)
    China has a proven ability to build fully capable island military bases in less than 3 years, yeah this one is a bit different but it’s also close enough to pose a serious threat to our east coast.
    FFS what’s the point of military planning, and its close cousin Military Intelligence, if not to give us at least a few years advanced notice of something as significant as China establishing a Military base in our front garden?

      • Yep and the same thing is happening wrt humanitarian aid to Tonga.
        we supplied our very own manmade train wreck just to add to their natural disaster (Covid infected and Incapable)
        China saw an opportunity and stepped up to the plate.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        But but but,…cutting foreign aid is such a boomer Ignoramus vote winner for the LNP.

    • The other chance here is that the briefing notes have been coming thick and fast but because there is no announcement benefit for SloMo that it never got read.

      Wonder if the leak is ASIO making it public because the PMO wasn’t listening.

      • Announcing that we are actually at war with our largest trading partner is not going to be great for house prices.

        So really, everything that goes wrong from here on is because we allowed house prices to completely capture the entire country.

        • Sorry, wasn’t inferring that SloMo should be announcing a war with China. Was saying he should have read the briefing papers and acted strategically behind closed doors before it got to this point.

          But yes, houses have corrupted everything.

    • Perhaps the problem lies with the politicians not listening rather than the military not speaking ?

      • What Scomo not listen, I suspect real problem was that the topic involved discussions somewhat more complex than finding our way to the Engadine Maccas, so everything after the words “what I really need you to understand” and “well I guess it’s time for lunch” were forgotten once the discussion shifted to a topic where he believed he could punch above his weight, so to say.
        What’s the old saying “Go with your gut” yeah I’ve got no trouble believing Scomo is that kinda guy.

      • Yep I’d like to think that this was a joke post, but that’s honestly what they care about.
        try having a talk about real world human Intel technical info gathering wrt China, they’ll look at you like you’ve lost your mind.
        And some smartass will quip “You know it’ll all be written in Chinese” like that’s our excuse, like that’s an excuse.
        Ask questions like Why aren’t we properly resourcing these sections? no reply
        Ask about Islamic extremism and they’ll talk your ear off, but then ask about Chinese submarine support infrastructure, ASW capabilities …crickets apparently it’s all written in Chinese

  15. MB readerMEMBER

    Australian governments have been asleep and when awake they have focused on our real estate. There again, we voters have been happy with this approach.

      • Grand Funk RailroadMEMBER

        They will blame

        white privileged males
        toxic males
        uneducated males
        sexist males
        bigoted males
        divorced males
        males who dont do the dishes
        males who leave the seat up, etc

  16. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    Maybe we should be asking the Yanks to supply us those nuclear powered subs at bit earlier and fully loaded with their 24 × Trident I C4 SLBM with up to 8 MIRVed 100 ktTNT W76 nuclear warheads each.

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      Do you really want to engage with China in a Nuclear fight ?
      Just 6 atomic misslies will take out 80% of our population ,most of our industrail capacity and our Leadership and the prevailing winds will clear the fallout, leaving a continent largely undamaged and depopulated.
      Even if we had a hundred warheads we could not inflict enough damage on China to act as a deterent.
      As Mao Tse Tung said to Nikkita Kruschev back in the day, “China can afford to lose 300 million people in a war, can Russia ?”

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Mao could say that when the only thing China had was too many people and it’s territory.
        But the formidable China of today is reliant on its economic growth.
        A dozen Nukes getting onto a dozen cities is enough to crash any countries economy. Not just through the immediate destruction of the blast itself but through the poisonous radioactive fallout ruining your food supply.
        If such a thing was done to Us I’d want to see it done to them in retaliation.
        Deterrence isn’t just about being as deadly and formidable as the other guy. It’s about being able to inflict a blow that makes your destruction to costly and untenable.
        It’s the only reason the US and USSR didn’t go to war with each other.
        Think of the colourful poisonous fish being unmolested by all those bigger predators.
        We need to be that colourful fish.
        The Strontium-90 fallout from nukes by itself should provide all the deterrence anyone needs to keep their c0cks in their pants.

        https://youtu.be/7pSqk-XV2QM

        Sinister how the government protected the profits and rights of Film producers but not the rights of children getting bone cancer in the above clip.

        • TailorTrashMEMBER

          Lee KuanYew’s strategy for the defence of his tiny republic …..”become a poison shrimp”

  17. GonzificusMEMBER

    So we invade The Solomon islands to engineer a regime change, ending their sovereignty and democracy, because we are afraid their partnership with China will end our sovereignty and democracy.
    At least its not a NATO base 200km from Moscow, oops wrong conversation.
    If our neighbours think that little of us that they would allow China to put a base there, then maybe we have been a bunch of carnts to our neighbours that we deserve what we get.
    Didn’t we sell the port at Darwin to China for 99 years for a small wad of cash, and now we are apoplectic that one of our neighbours would do the same?

    • While I agree with your sentiments in general, we didn’t however, lease Darwin Port for military purposes and they have no right to use it as they see fit. That’s not the case with the Solomons.

  18. While it would be an absolute disaster for thepacific if the CCP dictatorship established any sort of military base further than they already have, it has long being known it is there intention to do just that. The root cause is the local politics in the Solomons, which is along competing wantok groupings (another case of the old colonial powers drawing borders where they shouldn’t have, as in many parts of Africa, which may or may not have caused more issues than otherwise would have been the case). Hopefully these wantok groups can, with pressure from their neighbors, decide to not take any Chinese dictatorship military, police etc since it never ends well where an expanding dictatorial power is involved. But ultimately it’s their decision wall they side with. (if it’s bribery that is getting Xi’s in then who should be able to bribe too)

    https://www.in-formality.com/wiki/index.php?title=Wantoks_and_Kastom_(Solomon_Islands_and_Melanesia)

    • Serious question, Is there a difference between the Wantok system and basic African style Tribalism?
      I don’t have enough experience with Islanders to properly understand these issues.

      • Just like LNP mates in Oz.

        At least with wantok and tribalism, it is more transparent.

      • Nor do I.
        That type of system has, I think, been practiced everywhere at one time or another, what is needed is strong laws applied fairly & independently would then mean these sort of wontok structures are not needed. Maybe if western countries had pushed harder on democracy & independent legal structures etc a lot of African & other developing states might be stronger today.

        • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

          Real democracy will always result in a greater degree of redistribution of resources and wealth.
          And That wouldn’t be good for corporate profits.
          IMHO It’s the ongoing political protection of these institutions and their profits that will result in the ultimate destruction of western civilisation.
          The only thing that can prevent this is the widespread adoption of real democratic control over important economic decision making.
          But Can anyone see this happening?
          https://youtu.be/6a1yf_PA5Bs

          • Yes, getting real democracy is hard, keeping it healthy even harder. Just like with communism (the best system on paper) human nature tends to destroy it. That is one of the reasons I liked the idea of direct democracy which I think modern technology eg blockchain now make possible. What we really need is an altruistic AI computer system to run things, take emotions & greed and especially pyscho’s out of the system! As if! 😂

      • Zulu, I have spent a lot of time working in PNG and Africa (hopefully will be back in Malawi soon).

        Have had first hand experience 🙁

        • Yes, used to drive my sister crazy in Africa, so many good projects affected by constant revisions & adding more people/groups etc to keep everyone happy. Let alone outright corruption (like a senior minister straight out blocking a project at the final meeting unless she was awarded a degree by a Danish university as it was the Danes sponsoring (she didn’t get her degree)). While I can see the benefit in traditional society of those sort of patronage systems these days they would surely be better off with a more modern system (though as pointed out above, maybe we still have such a systems with “game of mates”)

  19. The Grey RiderMEMBER

    “China will have parked an enormous stationary aircraft carrier within direct striking distance of every eastern Australian city.”

    Is this the pin to pop the east cost property bubble…

  20. Funny thing is, this has prompted me to fast track upgrading to a blue-water cruiser. Ready to bug out south I guess. Then west or east?

    Missus has been treated to extended rant about how “this fcken country” has eroded any loyalty I might have had over the last 20 years etc etc.

    Followed by fckem they can keep their 2 million dollar houses etc etc.

    Plus “how many of our new friends will be on the first plane home” etc etc

      • haroldusMEMBER

        Wherever the winds take me. I’ll be a [email protected] blade adrift on the winds of vicissitude.

        But maybe Ireland (missus’ dad is Irish).

        Course have to get through the canal tho, otherwise it’s the ‘Orn or Good Hope.

        Bl00dy Japanese not signing the refugee convention. Don’t they want [email protected]?

          • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

            No that was a chicken Blackthorn was trying to age to make the flesh more tender.
            The poor old servant who volunteered to remove and dispose of said stinky chicken had to be killed for contravening the master’s wishes.
            A culture faux pas caused by Blackthorn for which he feels very guilty.
            So no not that bit.
            I’m talking about the bit where Brackforne is taken to the high class Brothel and is extremely embarrassed at the frank discussion of his sexual preferences.
            The madam/high class Geisha misInterprets this to mean Brackforne may prefer boys.
            After this suggestion enrages him they consider offering him a duck instead and Talk about just placing one in the room to ,…see what happens. (They are all on the sake)
            After a time it becomes obvious that the object of Brackforns real desire is to root Mariko san,…which is quietly arranged.
            Thus begins their intense and Extremely dangerous love affair.

      • haroldusMEMBER

        Oysters always feature in good bluewater lists. For me not that big, maybe 40 foot max. Have to be able to sail short handed. Monohull, wouldn’t mind smaller draft or even bilge keel.

        Which are making a comeback apparently!
        https://www.yachtingmonthly.com/sailing-skills/why-twin-keels-are-making-a-comeback-69049

        I was looking at a few newer ones last night when the news came out about the solomon islands, maybe a Benny or a Hanse at the mid-30 foot. Still in ‘straya they are so expensive compared to ex-charter ones in the Med.

        So many options, so am always on the lookout. Wish I could get me hands on me super. Still 15 years to go and we’ll all be radioactive dust by then.

        The other option is pay 20k for a mid-80s like a Phantom or Compass and strip back and refit. But they are pretty slow.

        Worst comes to the worst I could take the Endeavour 27 out the channel tomorrow, but that would get claustrophobic pretty quick. I can get that up to over 6 knots on a reach.

      • GonzificusMEMBER

        I know this wasn’t directed tat me but its an interesting story none the less.
        A long time ago I crewed a Moody 40 from Gibraltar to Cyprus (It arrived in Gib from Southampton), it was just the 2 of us, and a couple of nights after leaving Gib, during a storm we came across an abandoned Beneteau Oceanis 430 which I subsequently jumped on board and “rescued”. We ended up stuck in the port at Algeria under port arrest because of suspected piracy (The boat was abandoned in the storm). A week later after the particulars had been ironed out with the consulates and insurance company, we sailed one yacht each to Mallorca and left the 430 with an insurance assessor, and we carried on our way to Cyprus. The Oceanus is old but a nice boat. My dad was always fond of the Sparkman & Stephens, having a S&S32 but I prefer 40ft for oceangoing, the moody was nice but felt a bit like a caravan & couldn’t keep up with the 430.
        Good times when I was young & free & single.

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      If you bug out south you can only go East. West is into the roaring forties and a thumping swell.

      Invercargill, then Chathams and a long rough run to Chile.

  21. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    Chinese money will out compete Australian, and probably American, money in the region.
    Cultural ties would be harder for China compete with us on.
    But decades of LNP governments have seen Government funding of soft power projections into SE Asia and The Pacific, continually cut. (Australia Radio, ABC Australia Network etc)
    Constant cuts to foreign aid.
    Those pricks Abbott and Hockey in particular caused great damage in this area.
    Same guys that had all our Government vehicles manufactured and imported from overseas.
    How dare those fken cnt Libs claim themselves to be the greater protectors of Australia’s geo strategic interests.
    They have Relentlessly weakened our ability to defend ourselves every time they are in power.
    We need to creat as much manufacturing in Australia as possible, especially when it comes to Government procurement, and ween ourselves of CCP subsidised manufacturing.
    Where this is not possible or practical Far greater energies need to be deployed in developing alternative trading and supply chain relationships with India and ASEAN in particular and Especially so with Indonesia to replace our increasingly unacceptable economic reliance on this expansionary & militaristic, Chinese dictatorship.

  22. The non-nation will do nothing to defend itself. Its economic units don’t care who is in charge, only that they are able continue economic activity.

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      Probably the most realistic comment on this thread.
      H&H’s war is already over, unless the US steps in … and as we have seen in the Ukraine when faced with a strong nuclear power the Yanks won’t act.

    • Port of Darwin owned by China. Port of Newcastle owned by China. In 2019, Chinese warship docks in Sydney harbour and sailors buy infant formula. No one said anything and kept consuming.

  23. The timing is certainly interesting.

    It would be surprising if the intel community did not advise Cabinet earlier.

    With the talk about the LNP offing Scrotum before the election, and with the electorate seemingly preferring Frydentennis, and with Dutton on the nose and being Defence Minister….

  24. Steady tiger!
    The Solomon Islanders are like children in many ways.
    I remember being there to look at a gold exploration and development project back in the 80s, where Uri Geller had been commissioned to use his psychic powers to find orebodies. This said more about the company involved than the islanders, but a few bent spoons for the then PM would have been impressive in any case.

  25. Ailart SuaMEMBER

    Amazing how much paranoia a piece of ‘leaked’ information can generate, eh David. What are we up to here? 117 comments and it’s just gone 2pm. You know what, I can smell a good business idea here – ‘backyard-bunkers’! Trouble is, there’s not too many backyards left in Oz; all ‘dog-boxes in the sky’. But wait, you could build a giant one below the basement car parks of the apartment blocks. Call the company ‘ChinaProof Bunkers’ Ltd.

  26. ” Hilariously, in the usual dark way, we are suddenly in the same position as Russia. Like it does, we have a great power that is intrinsically hostile to our way of life occupying our sphere of influence and border buffer zone from which it can wield unlimited powers of gunboat diplomacy. Also like Russia, the occupation is via the very corridor that previous invasions have come and been beaten back. Our young men died to liberate Guadalcanal in WWII from North Asian fascists and it must be defended again, against Honiara if necessary.. “
    When we invade the Solomons in order to overthrow a democratically elected government, we will be in the same position. Thankfully not even “psycho Morrison” (or for that matter Albo) is that mad.

    • There you go again. We don’t “invade”. It’ll be a special military operation.
      Get on with the programme!

      • Special Military Operation
        what?? no no no
        Emergency Humanitarian Aid program
        now what’s the disaster (apart from the Chinese base proposal)

        • Correct, that’s apparently how the Soviets reported at home on their activities in Afghanistan.
          I suppose famine can always be arranged?

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        The last sentence kinda made me cringe.

        “It would allow armed Chinese police and the military to deploy at the Solomon Islands’ request, to maintain “social order”. The “forces of China” would also be allowed to protect “the safety of Chinese personnel” and “major projects in the Solomon Islands”.

        ANU National Security College head Rory Medcalf said that, assuming the document was accurate, “this is a very serious shift”.

        “Because if you read the document, it literally is an open door to a Chinese military presence in the Solomon Islands with authorisation to use force,” he told The Australian. “There are no caveats about levels of force or authorisation to use force. So there is a grey zone there, and I would read that grey zone as pretty damn dangerous.”

        The deal would in some respects echo a similar agreement the Solomon Islands already has with Australia”

        https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/australia-must-ready-solomon-islands-invasion-to-stop-china-security-deal/news-story/d53d32a38e000a45a736df4fc7f8f38f

  27. I’m sure China’s Navy doesn’t need access to a Solomon Islands Port to be able to hold Australia’s Easter Seaboard (or the whole of Oz for that matter) hostage with the threat of cruise missiles… Correct? or is the real threat China might just take Solomon like it has HongKong once it has a foot in the door ?

    • I’d have thought China would just tell Singapore to reduce their fuel sales to us by half!

  28. telling ppl for years we are rooted. well here it is. the world order is changing, east on the up, west on the down. interesting to see if we get wrecked in the process ie bombed. we had it coming. we were smart arse to everyone ie refiiugees, and now we will see what it tastes like to be cut out. I got mine jack, don’t care about you. well maybe that attitude is gunna bite us in the arrsse. as Lenin said, we will hang the capitalists with the ropes they sell us. capitalism and democracy are farkkked. set everyone against each other and this is the outcome. communism is more community and long term, a much better system in theory. Nixon and Kissinger 50 years ago set up this very day when they asked china to embrace globalisation and liberalisation. and this is what we have in the end. welcome to the new hegemony. welcome to the end of USD as reserve currency. only question I have is will china smash Guam and Hawaii to domninate the ocean. why would Solomons look after us, we don’t care they will be flooded. should had land tax, kept land prices down, kept debt financing down, cheaper wages cause cheaper shelter, jobs not go offshore as we manufacture and export. but no we did not do that did we. we could have been self sufficient. reap the farrrking whirl wind. read zero hedge a lot of countries are saying farrrkkkk you to USA on sanctions. they have had enough. they hate the west for the way it acts as sanctimonious while carrying out wars saying they are just. they gunna kick our heads in. seen this coming for years. all empires end, and we are now entering that stage ie as a satellite of USA. saw on zero hedge apparently Biden said something like they won’t protect Taiwan (these are Chinese words based on xi Biden talks) saw it today but not sure which article from memory

    • “East is on the Up” yeah, totally! Poo Tin’s military abilities are really on the up, far superior to the US capabilities. LOL

      • Gotta love the delusion, I mean look how ineffective Russia is, do we really think China will be any better? Sure they have numbers, but this is a big country and it’s not going to be easy to take it.

        • A big country, hard to take? Half the pop in 3/4 cities and not the fuel to drive the defense forces around it for more than a month at most.

          China’s biggest problem would be getting here and maintaining the supply lines.

      • Chinese communists beat the capitalists at capitalism. USA / nato scared of Russia. think Biden has signalled to xi that USA won’t stand in way of china taking Taiwan. what a signal if that is correct. apparently Mexico/Brazil/ India (yes India) also not meeting USA sanctions on china. so yeah when over 1/2 world population is saying farkkk off USA re sanctions think there is a problem. talk of USD reserve down toilet. moment of the east rising??? all empires die, all democracies die, all reserve currencies die. question is, are we seeing it starting from a month ago when it really sped up??? think Russia is probably very effective, they probably are an autarky now in terms of self sufficiency, what can we do LOL. prepare tax returns and legal contracts

        • Where did you get this idea? ” think Biden has signalled to xi that USA won’t stand in way of china taking Taiwan. ”

          And sorry, but this is way too funny: “USA / nato scared of Russia.” One thing that Nato and the US have learnt from the war in Ukraine is that the Russians are nowhere near as capable militarily as had been thought.

          • https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/niall-ferguson-misunderstanding-history-biden-making-colossal-mistake

            In their two-hour call on Friday, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry read-out, Biden told Xi:

            50 years ago, the US and China made the important choice of issuing the Shanghai Communique. Fifty years on, the US-China relationship has once again come to a critical time. How this relationship develops will shape the world in the 21st century. Biden reiterated that the US does not seek a new Cold War with China; it does not aim to change China’s system; the revitalization of its alliances is not targeted at China; the US does not support “Taiwan independence”; and it has no intention to seek a conflict with China.

            as I said earlier the Chinese said this is what they said. there is a link in zero hedge article follow it as when I load link here it causes problems

            https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/washington-alarmed-beijing-nears-sweeping-security-pact-solomon-islands

            I note that there is a 2015 speech from John Mearsheimer who said use/nato leading Ukraine down primrose path and it will get wrecked. and guess what happened.

            https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/stunning-admission-ukraine-former-top-level-cia-official

            there are other zero hedge articles that show even asfar back as 1995 and even 1960 that not to poke the bear ie Russia, and yet all ignored. the Ukraine issue was voiced in 1995 also from memory. cannot remember which article I read a lot

          • https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/niall-ferguson-misunderstanding-history-biden-making-colossal-mistake

            In their two-hour call on Friday, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry read-out, Biden told Xi:

            50 years ago, the US and China made the important choice of issuing the Shanghai Communique. Fifty years on, the US-China relationship has once again come to a critical time. Howww this relationship develops will shape the world in the 21st century. Biden reiterated that the US does not seek a new Cold War with China; it does not aim to change China’s system; the revitalization of its alliances is not targeted at China; the US does not support “Taiwan independence”; and it has no intention to seek a conflict with China.

            as I said earlier the Chinese said this is what they said. there is a link in zero hedge article follow it as when I load link here it causes problems

            https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/washington-alarmed-beijing-nears-sweeping-security-pact-solomon-islands

            I note that there is a 2015 speech from John Mearsheimer who said use/nato leading Ukraine down primrose path and it will get wrecked. and guess what happened.

            https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/stunning-admission-ukraine-former-top-level-cia-official

            there are other zero hedge articles that show even asfar back as 1995 and even 1960 that not to poke the bear ie Russia, and yet all ignored. the Ukraine issue was voiced in 1995 also from memory. cannot remember which article I read a lot

          • https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/experts-warned-years-nato-expansion-would-lead

            make a bet with you. Russia is going to kick Ukraines arssse very soon, it will be over by say mid April, maybe I am wrong, say mid may. Putin will be a hero in Russia. the ppl will rise to congratulate him. the USA will bark like a little dog but be totally ineffectual. it really is curtains for the USA, they have been out gunned here. and when (not if) china takes Taiwan I think USA will also look other way. I never thought that till I watched the Ukraine issue. the west is in decline now, it will retrace back to its shores. history shows that is what happens when empires fail.

            my only question is does Russia take anything else. I looked at a world map and can work out very quickly what I would grab if I was Russia but it really is in nato territory. ie if it were me I would grab turkey and the bits around near top of Iran, and probably around Finland/sweden/ etc Poland that lead out to the ocean via the channel whatever it is called. but then what would that bring. that is what I would do, but I reckon Russia would not cause it would most likely bring war with nato, especially re turkey

          • https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/experts-warned-years-nato-expansion-would-lead

            make a bet with you. Russia is going to kick Ukraines arssse very soon, it will be over by say mid April, maybe I am wrong, say mid may. Pppputin will be a hero in Russia. the ppl will rise to congratulate him. the USA will bark like a little dog but be totally ineffectual. it really is curtains for the USA, they have been out gunned here. and when (not if) china takes Taiwan I think USA will also look other way. I never thought that till I watched the Ukraine issue. the west is in decline now, it will retrace back to its shores. history shows that is what happens when empires fail.

            my only question is does Russia take anything else. I looked at a world map and can work out very quickly what I would grab if I was Russia but it really is in nato territory. ie if it were me I would grab turkey and the bits around near top of Iran, and probably around Finland/sweden/ etc Poland that lead out to the ocean via the channel whatever it is called. but then what would that bring. that is what I would do, but I reckon Russia would not cause it would most likely bring war with nato, especially re turkey

        • I guess you haven’t read the latest on Russia/Ukraine with the Russians about to pull back and give up on the Ukrainian takeover and stick with just the disputed rebel regions; so no @rse kicking for Ukraine!

          Also re Taiwan, he reinforced present US policy on Taiwan which is not supporting “independence”, and why is that, because a call for “independence” will likely result in a war! It goes that the US still maintains its position of Taiwanese self-determination with the US being ambiguous on what it will do if China attempts to take over Taiwan by force. Read any strategic review on China getting hold of Taiwan and not good for the US, Japan and Korea.

          Mind you, after reading an article from Pritchard-Evans on the sanctions etc and the lack of real effect, maybe China won’t be so unsure about using force after all as I’d have thought their position would be much stronger than Russia’s. Though, again, as with the Russian effort in Ukraine may be the Chinese won’t be so sure of their capabilities against Taiwan and the US.

          Edit: I’d have to say I find your belief in Russia’s f-up in Ukraine rather surprising, hardly supports any idea of them out doing Nato, not a hope in hell, it will result in failure and likely cause the Russians to use nukes and everyone loses then.

          • I actually did read this
            https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/here-are-all-latest-news-and-developments-ukraine-war-march-25

            I imagine Russia will get everything it wants. it may not actually want the Ukraine land per se, perhaps it just wants to subjugate all the ppl to their system and their future defence against nato. I am not a expert in this area at all. I only became interested when Russia told USA/NATO to farrrk off and they did. because when that happened I thought is the end of the USA empire and USD reserve currency, is this the time for the rise of a new hegemony ie china. basically is the western empire dying. and what does that mean for Australian house prices and the fact we do absolutely nothing rather than be smart, drive down our land prices so we start manufacturing again and become self sufficient autarky. that is what I am interested in. the whole Australian system seems fragile for decades now to me and I always wondered when it would explode. and when Putin threatened nuclear and USA/NATO backed away I wondered if that was the highpoint of USA, and Australian satellite hedgemony and now its all downhill. still think the communists have outplayed the capitalists this time. in the past communism fell in a heap, for a long time, now I wonder if that will happen to capitalism. actually hope it does, hope Australia gets smashed. we deserve it. the Ukraine thing is just a prelude to the bigger issue for me

  29. What about the The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Time to bin that I reckon.

    Australia is going to be the next Ukraine.

  30. I just don’t understand what is going on? The Solomons are our friends, why this agreement? I just don’t think it’s being reported correctly – or something? The population were up in arms dumping Taiwan! It makes no sense.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Behind the scenes cheque book diplomacy where the Chinese have pulled out a bigger cheque book.
      Today’s situation was predictable from the time Abbott and Hockey’s were impressing boomer ignoramuses with deep foreign aid expenditure cuts.

  31. You’re taking the P, surely. Are you trying to show-up the Putinists?

    You’re asking Australia to invade a sovereign state, to prevent it from being invaded.

  32. HnH certainly knows the appetites of (many of) his readers.

    Throw some burley in the water, and watch the ensuing feeding frenzy.

    It’s a draft agreement. What percentage of those make the final sign off?

    Naturally SqualidMo and The Potato make miles out of it. An election is in the wind.

    Does anyone really think the U.S. will allow a CCP naval base in the Western Pacific, thousands of kms from mainland China?

    I am certainly no expert on SI politics, but even to me it appears to be arbitrage. No doubt SI govt is corrupt…..it’s the nature of island politics (see: Australia).

    This “secret” draft is being punted around publicly for the benefit of the SI major stakeholders, and the LNP.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if it was actually The Potato’s idea….

    • TailorTrashMEMBER

      Well those coral atolls in the South China Sea were not going to be militarised ….only bases for humanitarian search and rescue …………and 10 years later …….full airbases …..docking facilities ………radar …..missile silos …amazing what dredging can do …..

      Yeh mate ……no worries ………

      • You may be as neurotic as you like.

        Methinks a few ragtag atolls rather near the Chinese mainland is a whole kettle of fish different to an island nation with huge strategic importance in the Pacific ( I’m sure the Yanks remember Guadalcanal circa WW11.)

        I guess time will tell who has the right take on this. I doubt it will take a long time.

        Thanks for your input……”mate”.

        • TailorTrashMEMBER

          Those rag tag islands in the South China Sea ( international waters ) are now tip toed around by the Americans ….and Australians

          I agree the Americans have a lot of corpses on Guadalcanal and will be the deciding factor in whether any Chinese base
          eventuates…………but it will take a serious stand off to stop them if this is real …..…more serious than the SCS ……

          You are quite right …..we will see ……

          • Thanks for your considered reply.

            We do indeed seem to be be heading into a (brief) era where the (somewhat) more oppressive regimes of intensely centrally controlled states challenge the hitherto assumed dominance of a “democratic” leaning nation. I just suspect that where the rubber meets the road, the US has more traction.

            Ukraine has primed the US. I sincerely hope they don’t proceed to outright aggression, as for the last 70 years they have royally f*cked up every occasion they have resorted to same.

  33. And just a coincidence, Cheng Lei suddenly being put on trial after languishing in a Chinese prison without family contact etc. as the CCP have never “sent msgs” like this before. Not even Aussie embassy staff will be allowed in to witness process, let alone know what she is supposed to have done. This is the system the SI seems to want to work towards for tier own people

      • The Traveling Wilbur

        That must come in fkcen handy when it comes time to investigate who stole the locsl council rep’s lawn ornaments during Halloween.

  34. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/niall-ferguson-misunderstanding-history-biden-making-colossal-mistake

    In their two-hour call on Friday, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry read-out, Biden told Xi:

    50 years ago, the US and China made the important choice of issuing the Shanghai Communique. Fifty years on, the US-China relationship has once again come to a critical time. How this relationship develops will shape the world in the 21st century. Biden reiterated that the US does not seek a new Cold War with China; it does not aim to change China’s system; the revitalization of its alliances is not targeted at China; the US does not support “Taiwan independence”; and it has no intention to seek a conflict with China.

    as I said earlier the Chinese said this is what they said. there is a link in zero hedge article follow it as when I load link here it causes problems

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/washington-alarmed-beijing-nears-sweeping-security-pact-solomon-islands