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Taiwan joins chorus against China's pact with Solomon Islands

Taipei urges Pacific nation not to be 'China's military bargaining chip'

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on Oct. 9, 2019. (File photo by Reuters) 

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has joined a chorus of concern by Western countries over China's security deal with the Solomon Islands, a nation that in 2019 cut ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Solomon counterpart, Jeremiah Manele, signed the deal, the two countries confirmed this week. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told parliament on Wednesday that the pact will not hurt or undermine peace and harmony in the region.

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