The United States may well go on a military operation, but not where they are required, not in Ukraine against Russia. America is almost openly threatening military invasion of one of the smallest countries in the world – the Solomon Islands. Although this state in Oceania is small (only 700 thousand people and a thousand islands), and young (44 years of independence), it occupies a very important place both on the map of the Pacific region and in American history.
After all, the first big victory over the Japanese during the Second World War was won here – during the battle for Guadalcanal. In February 1943, the evacuation of the Japanese (who captured this British-owned island in the spring of 1942) returned the initiative to the Americans and is considered by them almost a turning point in the Pacific War. The threat of Japanese invasion of Australia, the last major state in the region not occupied by the empire, was removed. And what, now the Solomon Islands are under threat again?
Yes, and they even compare it with the Nazis: Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said the other day that the growing ambitions of today’s China are similar to the ambitions of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. So here it is… Did you think that the Anglo-Saxons are now shouting only at Russia : “Hitler, Hitler”? No, everything is according to the laws of the genre, a European Hitler must have an Asian partner. And it is not surprising that China is announced to them.
And while Beijing has already called Dutton’s “disgusting” and “insane statements” war propaganda and slander against China made for selfish political purposes (a hint at the upcoming Australian parliamentary elections in May), everything is much more serious: the demonization of China, like Russia, this is a conscious policy of the Anglo-Saxons. China has long been accused not only of authoritarianism, but also of genocide (the Uyghurs in Xinjiang – and it does not matter that the fight against terrorists is presented as ethnic cleansing), and of plans for external expansion, that is, that it is a threat to neighbors and peace in in general. No evidence? It doesn’t matter, the main thing is to repeat all the time about the “threat” – the Chinese one (just like the Russian one).
In this sense, the story of the Solomon Islands is very revealing. The Anglo-Saxons raised a fuss about the Chinese plans to create a naval base on the islands, but what really?
But in fact, back in March, a draft security agreement between the two states appeared. And not at the highest level, but at the level of police departments. It is important to recall here that quite recently there were no relations at all between the PRC and the Solomon Islands: the island state was one of the last non-dwarf countries in the world to recognize Taiwan. Two and a half years ago, in the fall of 2019, the Solomon government finally recognized the PRC, which is not surprising, since normal ties with the world’s largest economy can be so beneficial for a poor country. But even then this step caused dissatisfaction with the Anglo-Saxons: and the United States, and Australia. It is clear that they simply do not want to let China into Oceania, which they consider as their sphere of influence and a field for containing Beijing. But having no financial and commercial leverage for such containment, they simply begin to shake the situation on the ground: the same Solomon Islands tried to simply ruin it.
The states have relied on the authorities of the most populous of the islands – Malaita.
Those declared their disagreement with the recognition of the PRC and even held a referendum on independence. What is the reason for the aggravation of separatism (except for the inter-island contradictions that are eternal for Solomon)? The intrigues of the Anglo-Saxons, who gave money (albeit Taiwanese) and explained how bad it would be under the Chinese. Last fall, anti-government riots (with the participation of visiting Malaitans) even took place in the capital Honiara, ending in riots, an attempt to storm the parliament and pogroms in Chinatown. And what, as a result, China sent troops?
No, they were introduced by Australia (and not for the first time), she just has a defense and security agreement with the Solomons. Do the authorities of the islands like this dependence on the Anglo-Saxons (not only Australia, but also Britain and the USA)? Of course not – they understand that they can easily ruin their country. Therefore, the decision to conclude an agreement with the PRC is quite justified from the point of view of concern for strengthening the rather shaky national sovereignty.
But maybe Beijing wa-nts to take advantage of the weakness of the Solomons and get their hands on them, make a naval base there – after all, this is what Australians scare themselves and others with?
On April 19, the Chinese announced that the agreement with the islands had already been signed. However, it refers to cooperation in the field of protecting the life and property of citizens, that the PRC has the right to send police forces and military personnel “to assist in maintaining public order.” There is also a clause about the possibility of admitting Chinese ships to the ports of the country “in accordance with their needs and with the consent of the Solomon Islands”, and this is what the Anglo-Saxons are trying to pass off as the first step towards creating a naval base.
In Australia, a hysteria began – the Chinese are 2000 kilometers from us! – and the Americans sent an interdepartmental delegation to Honiara (12 thousand kilometers from the US coast). And although Prime Minister Sogaware assured the Yankees that there would be no Chinese military base, the States did not calm down.
US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink, who met with Sogaware, said that “the agreement has potential regional security implications not only for ours, but for allies and partners across the region”:
“Of course, we respect the sovereignty of the Solomon Islands, but we would also like to make it clear that if steps are taken to establish a de facto permanent Chinese military presence, then we will have serious concerns and we will adequately respond to these concerns.”
When Kritenbrick was asked whether he ruled out the possibility of military operations by the United States in the event of a Chinese naval base being established, he stated bluntly that he did not rule out “that the United States would take military action against the Solomon Islands.”
That is, what happens? While the US has dozens of bases all along the Chinese coast from South Korea and Japan to Singapore, it has been increasing pressure on China in the Pacific in recent years. Created by them last year, together with the UK and Australia, AUKUS is, in fact, a military bloc. China does not have a single base in this region, but, naturally, it wants to provide at least the opportunity for its navy to enter foreign ports. But even this the Anglo-Saxons declare aggression and a threat to themselves and their allies – with all the ensuing consequences. Including for independent states that have the audacity to defend their right to make independent decisions. So this story is not about the distant Solomon Islands (by the way, they are among the five countries in the world that do not have diplomatic relations with Russia). This is a story about the real attitude of the Anglo-Saxons to foreign sovereignty. At the same time, they will continue to portray China and Russia as a “threat to peace and democracy.”
But we are no strangers, we perfectly understand who we are dealing with.
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