Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has declared he wants China to play a permanent role training police in his country and flagged a substantial new donation of police vehicles and equipment from Beijing.

It is another sign that he is intent on intensifying security ties with the emerging power.

On Friday last week, Mr Sogavare attended a graduation ceremony for Royal Solomon Islands Police Force members who had received riot control training from Chinese police.

Australia has always been the major provider of police training in the Solomon Islands, and senior Australian officials have publicly expressed their unease about China’s growing police cooperation with Honiara, warning that Beijing might inflame tensions by encouraging local officers to use more confrontational and violent tactics.

Police stand in formation in navy uniforms with rifles pointed at the grass.
A small team of Chinese police trainers has been in Solomon Islands for several months.(Supplied: Solomon Islands government)

Australia has also been deeply alarmed by a broader security pact signed by Solomon Islands and China, fearing it could allow Beijing to establish a military presence in the country down the track.

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