Australia’s Solomons “red line” becomes clearer

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The fieriest clash was over China. Asked whether his description of a potential Chinese military base in Solomon Islands as a “red line” meant Australia would blockade the Pacific nation, Mr Morrison said he would not speculate.

“What is necessary in international environments such as this is to be very clear about what the various partners’ positions are. That is the United States’ position and certainly our position, and I believe it is a broader position of the Pacific Islanders family as well,” he said.

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