The cutter arrived without incident in Port Moresby, according to a Coast Guard news release cited by Stars and Stripes. The visit followed a patrol in “parts of the Coral Sea and the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea Exclusive Economic Zones,” the release stated, according to Stars and Stripes. “The U.S. Department of State is in contact with the Government of the Solomon Islands and expect all future clearances will be provided to U.S. ships,” Kam wrote, according to Stars and Stripes. Whatever the current situation, the United States and the Solomon Islands share a deep tie in history. In August 1942, the Solomons were a major part of what would become America’s island-hopping strategy to defeat Japan in World War II.
China is gaining ground in its efforts to gain dominance in the Pacific – “Solomon Islands denies port call for Guam-based US Coast Guard cutter” https://t.co/1W4r5DmSDq— James Hutton (@JEHutton) August 27, 2022
The Associated Press. In 2019, the Solomons opened formal diplomatic relations with China, jettisoning Taiwan in the process. Earlier this month, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy traveled to the islands to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare did not attend the event, an action labeled as a “snub.” [firefly_poll] In April, the Solomons announced a new security agreement with China, The Washington Post reported at the time. Even before that announcement, security talks between the two countries prompted fears in the region that China might use the islands to build a military installation, according to The New York Times. “This is deeply problematic for the United States and a real cause of concern for our allies and partners,” Charles Edel, the Australia chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Times. “The establishment of a base in the Solomon Islands by a strategic adversary would significantly degrade Australia and New Zealand’s security, increase the chances of local corruption and heighten the chances of resource exploitation,” he said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
🧵 Thread – #OnThisDay 1942 the Battle of the Eastern Solomons came to a close, the third major carrier clash of the Pacific War taking place in the waters northeast of Guadalcanal it was a short-term US Navy victory and led to further losses of skilled Japanese carrier aviators. pic.twitter.com/zv0B68Dgd4— Jordan Cary (@JHistoryC) August 25, 2022