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Why China and the US are fighting over the Solomon Islands

Manasseh Sogavare’s close ties were already apparent in 2019 during his visit to Beijing.

The power struggle between China and the USA has a new theater: the Solomon Islands – a small archipelago in the South Seas, located between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. Just a few weeks ago, its geographical location would probably have been described as “at the end of the world”. But for a few days now, the group of islands with its population of just 700,000 has been at the center of the Pacific power struggle between the United States and China.

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