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Biden Loses to China Again in the South Pacific

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2023
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As Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Papua New Guinea this week to discuss a new security agreement with the island nation, it was in the shadow of Chinese expansionism in the region that has left the U.S. in a precarious position.

Just days before Austin met with Prime Minister James Marape in the capital of Port Moresby, the government of the Solomon Islands signed an agreement with China on “law enforcement and security matters” – part of a decades-long effort to bring the strategically located island chain within Beijing’s sphere of influence.

Located at a critical juncture several hundred miles off the east coast of Papua New Guinea, some experts have called the Solomons the “gateway to Australia.”

Beijing has been particularly interested in Guadalcanal, the same island that U.S. Marines bravely fought on to drive out its Japanese defenders during World War II, at the cost of 7,100 dead and nearly 8,000 wounded. At about 2,000 square miles, Guadalcanal is the largest of the Solomon Islands and is home to the capital of Honiara.

After the war, the democratic West led by the United States, Australia, and New Zealand forged ties with the Solomon Islands and other South Pacific states to ensure that they would become allies, rather than fall under the influence of Soviet Russia or communist China. Due to its geographic isolation, Australia has long relied on good relations with its neighbors like the Solomons to keep trade routes open and ensure economic cooperation.

This strategy was largely successful in the latter half of the 20th century, as small Indo-Pacific island nations worked with the region’s democracies – including a rebuilding Japan – to become more developed and prosperous.

But now, Communist China seems to be deploying a strategy in the Indo-Pacific that is eerily similar to the one pursued by Imperialist Japan a century ago. However, while Japan used military might, China mostly uses economic and diplomatic pressure to forcefully dictate others’ choices (although Beijing has also been willing to flaunt the strength of its military as an intimidation tactic).

The clearest evidence of this is with Taiwan, but now the Solomon Islands are also being subject to China’s pressure campaign – and seem to be open to further cooperation with Beijing. As a sign of things to come, back in 2019, the Solomons government severed ties with Taiwan, a major sign of capitulation to Beijing.

Along with the law enforcement and security agreement earlier this month, the Solomon Islands also opened an embassy in China, and has been growing more distant from Australia and the United States.

But perhaps the most alarming development came last April, when the Solomons and China inked a secret security pact which sent leaders in Washington and Canberra into a frenzy. A leaked draft of the document, which included provisions like allowing China to dock vessels in local ports at will, and allowing Beijing to dispatch police to the Solomons to “maintain social order,” seemed to imply the Solomons were ceding much of their sovereignty to Beijing.

News of the pact broke just as the Australian Conservative government was in the latter stages of its election campaign. Conservative politicians were then bombarded with severe false media accusations favoring the opposition.

Many senior Australian government figures saw the timing of China’s announcement as a clear attempt to influence the outcome of the election. Outgoing defense minister Peter Dutton called it “obviously provocative.”

These developments have been alarming for other countries in the region as well. One former Japanese government official told this author on the condition of anonymity that when the Solomons surprised everyone with their split from Taiwan, there was “a great deal of fear” in Japan and elsewhere that “more dominoes would fall.”

But he also said he believed that this fear had been worsened by the Biden administration’s approach to the region, which differed from Trump’s four pillars of respect for every nation, reciprocal trade, peaceful conflict solving, and the rule of law. Comparing the relationship between Japan, Australia, the Solomons, and the United States to an “engine,” he said Beijing could not stop it, but would make an attempt.

However, Solomon Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s recent interview with a Chinese television network leaves no doubt that he has completely sold out to Beijing. During the twenty-minute appearance, Sogavare praised Xi Jinping as “an esteemed man of ideas” and bragged that he owned all four volumes of Xi’s “thoughts.”

Courtship of the Solomons appears to only be the first step in Xi’s ambitions for the Indo-Pacific. Fiji’s prime minister was also scheduled for a trip to China this week, but abruptly canceled due to an injury.

For Biden, the apparent loss of the Solomons is yet another foreign policy failure – one that leaves America and its allies at even more of a disadvantage in the ongoing great power competition with China.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.

 

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Martiemae43!!
Martiemae43!!
10 months ago

A very scary situation and only proves how weak and ineffective our current administration is.

PaulE
PaulE
10 months ago

Team Biden has done a masterful job of handing one vital asset after another to President Xi and the CCP. President Xi has been very clear about his ambitions in the Pacific for years, yet Team Biden has shown shoring up vital allies and assets in the region as a “well we’ll get around to it eventually” type of attitude. Thus another day late and a dolllar short in terms of diplomatic success.

Some might chalk this up as utter incompetence by the personnel that make up Team Biden, but that would be missing the bigger picture. The people in positions of power in this administration are all completely bought and paid for the Chinese. This latest “oops!” moment is just another feather in Xi’s cap and another nail in the coffin of the United States as the pre-eminent world power. Team Biden is literally handing over strategic control of the world over the CCP, while the American people sit back and watch it all happen.

Learn Chinese people, because you’re going to need it sooner than you think.

David Millikan
David Millikan
10 months ago

As long as Dictator Beijing biden keeps bowing down to Communist China we will continue to lose the South Pacific just like we are losing our country to his Illegal Alien Terrorist Invasion.
Dictator Beijing biden IS a Communist China agent. Why else would we be losing the South Pacific and the United States.

VotedForReagan
VotedForReagan
10 months ago

“But he also said he believed that this fear had been worsened by the Biden administration’s approach to the region, which differed from Trump’s four pillars of respect for every nation, reciprocal trade, peaceful conflict solving, and the rule of law. Comparing the relationship between Japan, Australia, the Solomons, and the United States to an “engine,” he said Beijing could not stop it, but would make an attempt.”
Trump policies worked, also helping our Alies there. Biden is incompetent.

C Raby
C Raby
10 months ago

My fellow Americans are too ignorant to understand that there are more important matters in this world than feelings. I would like to deport everyone that voted for Biden to China, maybe that would open their eyes.

Max
Max
10 months ago

Sounds like it is time for another “Grenada” to happen in the Pacific by the Allies to keep this nation from falling under China’s influence. Unfortunately, this will not happen under this current administration.

A Voter
A Voter
10 months ago

And just who expected anything besides a failure from this administration? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Yeah I didn’t think there was anyone.

Chris
Chris
10 months ago

Yep. Brandon did it again. Taiwan, Japan and all of southeast Asia will fall. With the never ending influx of Chinese and the hordes of cash they bring Xi will focus more on the US. With Africa and Asia in Xi’s hands the US leaders will fold like a cheap suit. In ten or so years we’ll all be speaking Mandarin.

Patriot52
Patriot52
10 months ago

Who finds this surprising? The only thing Biden does is for him and his Crime family. The rest means nothing to him.

Jack
Jack
10 months ago

The loss of Guadalcanal allowed the Japanese to threaten Australians. Later they attacked them in Darwin. Precisely, Solomon allowed them quickly acquire a strategic position there until we came. PNG is not exactly a strategic position compared to Solomon. This horrific failure can be understood only when one studies The War In The Pacific deeper.
Biden should be stopped from reelection. Congress should consider appropriate measures for this administration. They waited until the war ignited in the peripheries of Europe, lost Afghanistan, and practically lost the Middle East. I do not know what is needed more to convince Republicans that this White House is a threat to the American people.
Trump is correct warning against World War II. [But we should talk about World War V (WWI, WWII, “Cold” War (WWIII), War Against Islamofascism (WWIV) – still ongoing)and now this confrontation with China or the combined enemies.

David Millikan
David Millikan
10 months ago

527 minutes FAKE news (cnn, cbs, nbc, abc, msnbc) spent on Trump’s indictment and ZERO minutes on Dictator Beijing biden’s
Burisma Bribery.
ZERO minutes FAKE news reported on Dictator Beijing biden losing the South Pacific by bowing down to Communist China.
But reports him going on another weekend vacation. Like he does every weekend at taxpayer expense while hiding as usual.
Meanwhile, Republicans are hard at work to save our country while Dictator Beijing biden with FASCIST democrats and FAKE news are hard at work DESTROYING our country.

Ben Loomis
Ben Loomis
9 months ago

Biden has no intention of making any deals to China to stop their expansion look at the wind farms are putting up right next to Taiwan . looking flexing their muscles as well as having ships in the desert they look like ours just to do practice practice run bombings and this administration does nothing . they’re in the pocket of the Chinese let’s face it we just need to trust that this next election we get rid of them and put values and morals back in control not the clown show we Have

Rik
Rik
9 months ago

A LYING THIEF LIKE JACK*SS JOE BIDEN DOESN’T DESERVE TO EVER BE “TRUSTED” EVER AGAIN WITH ANYTHING HE HAS TO SAY!

Dale
Dale
9 months ago

Hey, Xi is just getting what he already paid for !!

William Hodge
William Hodge
9 months ago

Money, money, money. That is the only driver behind a crime crime syndicate.

Dominick
Dominick
9 months ago

Dopey Austin at it again with dopey joe and dopey blinken…worst since Carter

EMG
EMG
9 months ago

Just look at the photo accompanying the article. Would anyone have a chance at negotiating anything with the three stooges shown in the picture? Especially, now that Biden is wholly dependent on his advisors, the two advisors shown with him are not “ready for prime time”!

Sean Rickman
Sean Rickman
9 months ago

How much longer will the democRATs let this go on.Sloppy joey has destroyed AMERICA and now he is alienating the few friendly countries that we had left.DemocRATS,you are a total disaster.What are you idiots going to screw up next,and there definetly WILL be a next.

Russ
Russ
9 months ago

China has eaten our lunch under Biden. Unless the house and senate do their jobs and remove this idiot we will be a province of China.

jocko
jocko
9 months ago

ONLY ONE SURE AND PERMANENT WAY TO STOP THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, CHEATING, LYING, libs AND IT NOT THRU ELECTIONS………..

Tom aron
Tom aron
9 months ago

‘After the war, the democratic West led by the United States, Australia, and New Zealand forged ties with the Solomon Islands and other South Pacific states…’ Not really. Former colonial powers and the USA ‘dictated’ ties via carrot and stick. The motivations were not always negative but let’s not pretend British economic interests, American military interests and ex pats did not control much these nations’ foreign policy. We are seeing the same in West Africa today with former from colonies who never were granted full ‘real’ independence.

Fred
Fred
9 months ago

With Bidumb in office, America is losing strategically all over the World. Americans who do not see this and understand the dangers to America are either brain dead or stupid. Bidumb left $85 Billion dollars worth of our latest weapons and ammunition in Afghanistan. Since then he has given hundreds of Billions in weapons, munitions and our dollars to Ukraine. China, is trying to provoke us into war, and when that happens, Russia, Iran and N. Korea will jump in and America will have nothing to fire back with as if it would make any difference. And with Sec. Austin and his woke agenda, we won’t even have many military either!

Gloria
Gloria
9 months ago

Biden never “gives in” to China. He’s been selling America to China for over 50 years. He’s is, and always has been a traitor and should be tried for treason! Among other things.

PapaYEC
PapaYEC
9 months ago

Please. What did you think the CCP paid Biden and his Rats to do?

edward
edward
9 months ago

Biden hasn’t lost anything(other than his mind), he has been well compensated by Xi and others. The United States however, has and continues to lose to totalitarianism.

Jerry
Jerry
9 months ago

We lost many lives in WWII .taking these islands from the Japanese. Now,our criminal, dumba$$ “president islosing these islands that were freed by American blood. Please, God, save us!

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
9 months ago

China has money to buy governments. Ironically, WE GAVE IT TO THEM! “A prosperous China is good for America”- John Kerry. We better wake up quick… or else learn to speak Chinese.

Janet
Janet
9 months ago
  1. Really like your articles
Helen R Corey
Helen R Corey
9 months ago

If Biden allowed China to fly their balloon surveilling entire US, why be surprised that small nations in China’s shadow r seeking friendship with China.

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
9 months ago

My father and his shipmates and on-board Marines helped liberate the Solomon Islands. Now, Senile Joe, who is bought and paid for, is giving them to China!

Barrett Smith
Barrett Smith
9 months ago

Joe is owned by the CCP. He is bought and paid for.

Thinking
Thinking
9 months ago

Ole Joe is making good on his bribe money. China has great influence all over the world. In Africa in Europe and in the Americas, north, central and south. And has friendly relations with Russia, what has ole Joe got? Oh yes the money.

Granny
Granny
9 months ago

Biden is beholden to China so anything he does with them is a loss. If we can’t get someone in the W.H. soon who has a backbone, we’d better start leaning Mandarin.

LarryFrom10EC
LarryFrom10EC
9 months ago

Joe Biden- the best President China ever had.

American
American
9 months ago

Those who are in control of biden are enemies of the United States. Do not think these things are accidental. This is the way of the Marxists and Socialists. This is intentional and this is in the plan to destroy freedom and weaken America. The dummied down of our youth, their lack of knowledge of American History, the gender confusion, the riots, the inflation, the overspending, the feds trying to take over control of the food and environment, biden and hunter actually selling us out to the Chinese(the chinese balloons in our air space for over a month gathering information ), and the red wheels pulling the public’s attention in all directions so they can’t focus on what the biden swamp is doing.

Joy
Joy
9 months ago

Like pieces on a global chess board, they’re moving into their strategic places. If it weren’t all predicted I’d be more upset.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
9 months ago

China now owns the Solomans that we fought for in WW2
Bad optics Biden

DenvilleSr
DenvilleSr
9 months ago

Biden has to deliver…..to China. I’m thinking China could shed more light on Biden if he fails to deliver than all the House investigations can.

Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
9 months ago

The United States never approaches any foreign affair matter in a manner where it competes financially with its opponents, it always uses sheer force to get its way. Always has, always will.
And whats with the lumping of the old Imperial Japanese together with todays Communist China? Is it because they are both “inscrutible little yellow people”? What the hell?
If the US and Australia wants to woo some nowhere rock in the Pacific then try to do so by bettering their peoples lives and stop doing stupid crap like sanctioning countries into following the dictates of your dying empire. Look around America…….85% of the entire globe hates you!!

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