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Arc of Anxiety
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Beyond Solomon Islands, the security pact crystallised the fears of international observers for whom documenting China’s ‘capture’ of Honiara had become a preoccupation. Throughout the rest of 2022, a cavalcade of commentators weighed in on Sogavare’s security deal, often stoking dire warnings in the Australian and international press about the country’s imminent descent into dictatorship. In August 2022 in The Australian, Cleo Paskal and Anthony Bergin coauthored an article detailing the ‘coup’ Sogavare was attempting to mount in Honiara. The catalyst for the article was Sogavare’s absence from a World War Two commemoration. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute investigation into China’s influence in the Solomons focused on traditional and social media and attempted to examine the efficacy of China’s influence activities in the wake of the November 2021 riots.

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Divided Isles

Solomon Islands and the China Switch


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