Despite the diplomatic push, the Solomon Islands announced in March it had awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to a Chinese state company to upgrade an international port in Honiara.
The United States and regional allies Australia and New Zealand have had concerns that China has ambitions to build a naval base in the region since the Solomon Islands struck a security pact with Beijing last year.
Washington has also been working to renew agreements with the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia under which it retains responsibility for the islands’ defense and gains exclusive access to huge swaths of the Pacific.
The embassy announcement came after the White House said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden will become the first U.S. sitting president to visit Papua New Guinea this month following the G7 summit in Japan, underscoring his administration’s investment in the Pacific region to counter China.
Source- Hindustan Times.