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    US Moves to Reopen Solomon Islands Embassy to Counter China

    US Moves to Reopen Solomon Islands Embassy to Counter China

    — The Biden administration is plowing ahead with plans to re-open the U.S. embassy in the Solomon Islands in a bid to counter 's increasing assertiveness in the Pacific.

    The State Department has informed Congress that it will establish soon an interim embassy in the Solomons' capital of Honiara on the site of a former U.S. consular property. It said the modest embassy will at first be staffed by two American diplomats and five local employees at a cost of $1.8 million per year. A more permanent facility with larger staffing is eventually envisioned, it said.

    The department notified lawmakers nearly a year ago that China's growing influence in the region made re-opening the U.S. embassy in the Solomon Islands a priority. Since that notification last February, the Solomons have signed a security pact with China and the U.S. has countered by sending several high-level delegations to the islands.

    The U.S. closed its embassy in Honiara in 1993 as part of a post-Cold War global reduction in diplomatic posts and priorities.

    But it has since determined that China's rise as a regional and global power demands American attention as part of its Indo-Pacific strategy to counter , particularly in the Solomon Islands, which were a key battleground in the Pacific theater during WWII and where -American sentiment had been high.

    “We are seeing this bond weaken as the People's Republic of China…

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