Solomon Islands rejected draft U.S.-Pacific deal over indirect references to China

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The Solomon Islands said Tuesday it had objected to the first draft of a U.S.-Pacific partnership declaration because it was “not comfortable” with some indirect references to China.

The Solomons’ foreign minister, Jeremiah Manele, was quizzed by reporters in New Zealand about his country’s reported qualms over the joint statement, signed in Washington last week.

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