Australia cements Solomon Islands deal amid China influence debate

Australia cements Solomon Islands deal amid China influence debate
 

Australia has formally agreed to a deal to help build a 4,000km (2,500 mile) internet cable to the Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands, a small Pacific nation, had originally given the contract to Chinese company Huawei.
Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela has said the decision followed "concerns raised by Australia", which neither nation has elaborated upon.
Analysts say Canberra is concerned about China's influence in the region, a subject of recent Australian debate.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday: "As we step up our engagement in the Pacific, we... read more

 
13 June 2018 in World News, Views: 52
Source: BBC
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