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Fears over China influence leads US to reopen Solomon Islands Embassy

Washington has announced plans to reopen the United States Embassy in Solomon Islands.

Inside the Games reports the move is a bid to counter China's increasing assertiveness in the region, which has seen Beijing fund infrastructure for this year's Pacific Games which take place at the end of the year.

The US Department of State has informed Congress that it plans to establish an interim Embassy in Honiara on the site of a former consular property.

It said it would at first be staffed by two American diplomats and five local employees at a cost of $US1.8 million per year.

A more permanent facility with larger staffing will be established eventually.

The US closed its Embassy in Honiara in 1993 as part of a post-Cold War global reduction in diplomatic posts and priorities.

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