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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."

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