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Solomons PM defends China links

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says his nation has been unfairly targetted since it formalised diplomatic relations with China in 2019.

The leader has been under pressure after signing a controversial security pact with China in April.

Sogavare told the United Nations General Assembly that Solomon Islands has been subjected to a barrage of unwarranted and misplaced criticisms, misinformation, and intimidations that threatens its democracy and sovereignty.

"Solomon Islands has been vilified in the media since formalising its relationship with China. This decision was reached through democratic processes by a democratically elected government", he said.

Sogavare said nations needed to respect his country's sovereignty and democracy.

He said Solomon Islands adopted a 'friends to all and enemies to none' foreign policy.

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