US Coast Guard cutter is denied entry into the Guadalcanal port in the Solomon Islands stoking fears over China’s growing influence in the Pacific

  • Cutter Oliver Henry was trying to make a scheduled stop at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, to refuel and re-provision, when it was denied entry
  • The cutter had been taking part in Operation Island Chief monitoring fishing activities in the Pacific, which ended on Friday
  • There was no response from the Solomon Islands’ government for diplomatic clearance for the vessel to make a stop there
  • The Oliver Henry was then diverted to Papua New Guinea, the Coast Guard said 
  • Coast Guard said the U.S. State Department is in touch with the Solomon Islands government  and they ‘expect all future clearances will be provided to U.S. ships’
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