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Solomon Islands lurch toward despotism as China debt deepens

U.S. Navy ships banned from port; Sogavare imposes media controls

The Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's embrace of China is worrying opposition leaders and regional bodies. (Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

TOKYO -- For those anxious about China's growing influence in the Pacific, it is difficult to pick the most alarming development in the Solomon Islands over the past month.

The government has told the U.S. it will bar all American navy vessels from entering its ports, the U.S. embassy in Canberra said on Tuesday.

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