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Solomon Islands pact cements China's Pacific power status

Recent controversy is just the first step in a long-running struggle

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A display case shows photos outside Chinese Embassy in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on April 2: China is here to stay in the Pacific.   © AP

Richard McGregor is a senior fellow at the Lowy Institute.

The announcement by China and the Solomon Islands in late March that their two governments had concluded a bilateral security agreement has been a teachable moment on multiple fronts.

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