ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Solomon Islands signs U.S.-Pacific partnership statement in about-face

China-leaning country seen influencing toned-down language on security

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, right, poses for a photo with U.S. President Joe Biden, second from right, and other Pacific Island leaders on Sept. 29.   © AP

SYDNEY -- The Solomon Islands signed on to a joint statement by the U.S. and Pacific Island nations this week, a reversal by the China-leaning government that some observers see as a result of hard-nosed diplomacy by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

A total of 15 countries and regions signed the Declaration on U.S.-Pacific Partnership released on the final day of the first U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington. The 11-point statement discusses strengthening U.S.-Pacific cooperation and addressing climate change, and condemns "Russia's brutal war against Ukraine."

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more