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Australian opposition blames PM Morrison for Solomons 'failure'

Containing Chinese influence in Pacific becomes key issue in upcoming election

Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese speaks during the party's election campaign launch in Perth on May 1 ahead of the federal election on May 21.   © Getty Images

SYDNEY -- Australia's ruling and opposition parties are locking horns over the Solomon Islands ahead of a federal election on May 21, after the South Pacific nation, which has historically close ties with Canberra, signed a security pact with China.

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