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China, Solomon Islands sign deals under new diplomatic ties

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BEIJING: Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Wednesday (Oct 9) and signed several agreements in the first official visit since the two countries established diplomatic relations last month.

The new diplomatic relationship is a sign of China's growing influence in the Pacific and a setback for self-ruled, democratic Taiwan. The Solomon Islands severed ties with Taiwan when it established them with Beijing.

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"I am pleased to recognise the one China policy … We are pleased to be on the right side of history and normalise relations with the People's Republic of China," Sogavare said ahead of a meeting with Li and a Chinese delegation.

China has in recent years been expanding its influence in the Pacific to the alarm of the United States and its main regional ally, Australia.

READ: Taiwan says China is an 'authoritarian' threat in the Pacific

READ: Nauru backs Taiwan after two Pacific nations switch diplomatic ties to China

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