China paves the way for its first military foothold in the South Pacific as it agrees security pact with the Solomon Islands – sparking fears in Australia and US

Secret alliance will allow Beijing to put warships within 1,000 miles of Australia 

Chinese armed police and military personnel will station on Oceania islands

In return Beijing will protect the Solomon Islands’ government if requested

Key shipping route between United States and Australia can also be blocked

Leader of Micronesia islands sent plea to end ‘grave and unprecedented’ pact


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