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We needed China deal to protect ‘domestic security’, says key Solomon Islands official

By Georgina Kekea

14 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The foreign secretary of Solomon Islands defends the deal, denies military interests for the Pacific nation and also calls out the West's hypocrisy.

The controversial security deal struck between Solomon Islands and China that caught the western world off guard was needed to maintain internal security and help fight climate change, a leading Solomon Islands official has said, defending his country’s right to choose its allies.

Speaking to the Guardian in his first interview since the deal between China and Solomon Islands was leaked, Collin Beck, the permanent secretary of foreign affairs and a senior figure in the Solomons government, also said Australia should question whether it had been “fair” to Solomon Islands in its intense scrutiny of the deal.

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