China accuses West of encouraging ‘arms race’

Beijing has said it is building a military bloc in Oceania without consulting with players from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

In response to Australia’s criticism of its security agreement with the Solomon Islands, China has launched an attack on Canberra and its partners. “Arms competition“In the South Pacific.

Together with Australia, the United States and Britain formed a military bloc in the region and encouraged arms races without discussing relevant issues with the Oceanian countries.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a news conference on Wednesday.

The recently signed security agreement between Beijing and the Pacific is a matter of concern for Australian authorities. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded that a Chinese military base be set up in Solomon.Red lineFor Canberra.

A small archipelago state, the Solomon Islands are located about 2,000 km (1,242 miles) northeast of Australia.

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Sogavar with Chinese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Li Ming © AFP / Mavis Podokolo
Australia has responded to the threat of an ‘attack’

Zhao refuted reports of his country’s alleged plans to establish a new military post, saying “Fake news

He underlined that the signing of the agreement on security cooperation is a “Sacred rights of two sovereign countriesAnd fully compatible with international practice. He stressed that China’s agreement with the Solomon Islands is open, transparent and not targeted. “Any third party.

So the spokesman added, Australia should change that.Opaque“The approach, which he claims, is seen as very worrying by countries in the region.”

Zhao’s statement follows remarks made by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manseh Sogavar last week, who said that the West “Don’t worryAbout his country’s agreement with China and stressed that his nation was “feeling humiliated”Lack of continued faith“Display by Australia.

Sogavar further claims that the Solomon Islands are a threat to their interests and that “this risk must be addressed.”Military intervention“It simply came to our notice then.

We have been threatened with attack,“She warned. “Now, it’s serious.”

The prime minister had earlier criticized Australia for its hypocrisy when it came to Solomon’s agreement with China. He argued that Canberra had not consulted with its other partners last year when it unveiled the AUKUS agreement – a security agreement involving Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States – that paved the way for Canberra to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.

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