China signs MOU on civil air transport with Solomon Islands

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. | China Ministry of Foreign Affairs

China has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Solomon Islands on civil air transport, laying a foundation for airlines of both countries to open air routes, China’s aviation regulator said on Friday.

The MOU was signed when China’s foreign minister Wang Yi was visiting the Pacific Island country.

Wang Yi is in a ten days visit to Solomon Islands to sign a number of treaties including grant Chinese military and police significant access to Solomon Islands.

The visit of the Chinese top official drew concerns from Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America, as China is seeking to expend its influence in Asia pacific and Oceania area. 

Earlier, there has been some allegations that China is seeking to establish a military base in Solomon Islands. These allegations were declined by the Wang Yi, stating that relations with Solomon Islands are entirely commercial.

By Aero News Journal Team

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