A US Coast Guard ship refused to enter the Solomon Islands port amid fears of China’s growing influence

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The United States Coast Guard A Pacific patrol on an international mission was categorically denied access to a port in the Solomon Islands, raising concerns about China’s growing influence in the region.

The Honolulu Coast Guard office said Oliver Henry Cutter was involved in Operation Pacific Fisheries Monitoring Director, which ended Friday as it stopped in Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands for refueling and resupply. .

The Coast Guard said there was no response from the Solomon Islands government to obtain diplomatic permission for the ship to stop there, so Oliver Henry turned to Papua New Guinea.

In addition, it was reported that British ship He was also denied entry, but the British Royal Navy has not commented directly on these reports.

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A U.S. Coast Guard crew member works on a cutter at the Miami Coast Guard base on January 26, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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During Operation Head Island, the United States, Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand Support was provided by air and surface surveillance of the Pacific island nations involved in the operation, including the Solomon Islands.

China is intent on expanding its presence and influence in the Pacific, and the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavari, has alarmed some neighbors, the United States and others, after signing a new security agreement with China.

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The agreement caused fear in Chinese naval base It is being built 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off the northeastern coast of Australia. The Chinese military presence in the Solomon Islands would not only put them on the doorstep of Australia and New Zealand, but also near Guam, home to major US military bases.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission
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Former Americans said that “China is gaining ground in its efforts to gain hegemony in the Pacific”. Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary of State James Hutton responded to the news on Twitter.

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On October 9, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavari, in Beijing.

On October 9, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavari, in Beijing.
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The White House He did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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