Age of the Dragon

Bradley Perrett | Why China wants more influence over Solomon Islands and how Australia can balance it

Bradley Perrett
Updated July 14 2023 - 4:49pm, first published 12:00pm

We can start by assuming that China cares nothing for the wellbeing of the people of Solomon Islands. So what's it up to in forming a "strategic partnership" this week with the Pacific country of 730,000 people that's only 1500 kilometres from Queensland?

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Bradley Perrett

Bradley Perrett is a regular ACM columnist with a focus on Australia's relationship with China, covering defence, strategy, trade, economics and domestic policy. He was based in Beijing as a journalist from 2004 to 2020.

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