News | International
27 Jun 2022 5:59
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    China to consider funding new police training centre in Solomon Islands

    China will consider building a police training centre in Solomon Islands, as Foreign Minister Wang Yi tours the Pacific in a bid to increase its influence in the region.


    China will consider building a police training centre in Solomon Islands, as Foreign Minister Wang Yi tours the Pacific in a bid to increase its influence in the region.

    In addition to the possible new police training facility in the Solomons, China will also help Samoa build a fingerprint lab to go with the construction of an already announced new police academy.

    Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele announced the proposal during his Chinese counterpart's visit to Honiara on Thursday.

    "China… will further a consider a proposal… for a police training centre and support towards police infrastructure and assets given the country's fragile security environment," Mr Manele said during a press conference that was boycotted by local media.

    China's Foreign Minister is currently on an eight-nation tour of the Pacific, during which he is seeking a sweeping regional deal on security and trade, ahead of a group foreign ministers meeting with 10 Pacific nations in Fiji on Monday.

    Mr Wang met with Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa on Saturday and discussed regional priorities of climate change, COVID-19 and security.

    After the meeting, Samoa's government released a statement announcing China would help build a new fingerprint laboratory in addition to the previously announced construction of a police academy.

    Increase in police training support

    The proposal for a Chinese-funded police training centre in Solomon Islands mirrors that of a 2020 promise to build a police school in Samoa, as China seeks to increase its influence in the region through police training support.

    In March, Solomon Islands police published pictures of their officers brandishing replica assault rifles donated by the Chinese government, as part of a new police training program run by Chinese police.

    At the time, there were questions over the legality of the shipment of the replica guns, as well as the future implications of such firearms training.

    Experts and opposition politicians believe the move to bring in replica arms clearly suggested the police force was planning to bring in real weapons from China in the future.

    Australian officials are also warning that China might encourage more brutal and confrontational tactics to put down local protests, inflaming existing political and ethnic tensions.

    China seeks sweeping multilateral deal

    Earlier this week, it was revealed China is hoping to strike a deal with 10 Pacific nations during Mr Wang's tour of the region.

    The sweeping agreement covers everything from security to fisheries and is seen by at least one Pacific leader as an attempt by Beijing to wrest control of the region.

    A draft communique and five-year action plan sent by Beijing to 10 Pacific nations prompted pushback from the leader of the Federated States of Micronesia, who said it showed China's intent to control the region and "threatens regional stability".

    News of the proposed deal follows last month's announcement of a new security pact between Solomon Islands and China, in a move that has concerned traditional regional partners such as the US and Australia, as well as intelligence officials.

    That pact has raised fears that China could send troops to the island nation or even establish a military base there, not far from Australia.

    Solomon Islands and China say there are no plans for a base.

    Mr Wang's Pacific tour coincides with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong's own visit to the Pacific, meeting with Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama on Friday in her first official trip to the region since being sworn in last week.

    ABC

    © 2022 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved

     Other International News
     27 Jun: Before Roe v Wade fell, Gerri Santoro's death galvanised America's abortion movement. This is her story
     26 Jun: Josh Green's incredible rise from Sydney's suburbs to the Dallas Mavericks shows no signs of slowing down
     26 Jun: Disaster relief fund helps veterans access mental health support
     26 Jun: Roe v Wade updates: US states begin banning abortion as Biden pledges to monitor 'how they administer' new laws — as it happened
     26 Jun: Conrad Charlton was the first voice on ABC radio 90 years ago and his sons Michael and Tony were TV broadcasting pioneers
     26 Jun: Horror on Oslo Pride day as gunman goes on deadly rampage killing two, injuring 21
     26 Jun: How Sweden's idyllic Gotland island could become a strategic 'watchtower' in the north to keep an eye on Vladimir Putin
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    The undefeated Black Ferns Ma won the women's Oceania rugby sevens title with a 26-5 win over Australia in Pukekohe More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Conrad Charlton was the first voice on ABC radio 90 years ago and his sons Michael and Tony were TV broadcasting pioneers More...



     Today's News

    Cricket:
    England's in control of the third cricket test against New Zealand at Headingley after a dominant day four performance 5:49

    Health & Safety:
    Concern about a dangerous chemical that's been found in illicit drugs here 5:19

    International:
    Before Roe v Wade fell, Gerri Santoro's death galvanised America's abortion movement. This is her story 4:29

    Accident and Emergency:
    A serious crash is causing major traffic delays on State Highway 29A near Mount Maunganui 21:49

    International:
    Josh Green's incredible rise from Sydney's suburbs to the Dallas Mavericks shows no signs of slowing down 19:29

    Law and Order:
    Christchurch Police are promising a wide investigation after the shock murder of a woman walking home from work 18:59

    Rugby:
    The undefeated Black Ferns Ma won the women's Oceania rugby sevens title with a 26-5 win over Australia in Pukekohe 18:49

    Rugby League:
    Perth-based rugby league fans are set to get a rare taste of State of Origin tonight in game two 18:39

    Accident and Emergency:
    Police say the search for a swimmer missing at the South Island's Maruia falls will continue next week 18:09

    International:
    Disaster relief fund helps veterans access mental health support 17:59


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2022 New Zealand City Ltd