AUSTRALIA - China Warned on Solomon Islands

Arno Froese

Scott Morrison says China building a military base on Solomon Islands would be the “red line” for Australia and the United States, but did not say how Australia would respond if it happened.

There are concerns about a recently signed security agreement between China and Solomon Islands and what it could mean for Australia and other pacific countries, especially if China uses the deal to expand its military presence to the region.

“We won’t be having Chinese military naval bases in our region on our doorstep.”

Mr. Morrison would not say how he would respond if re-elected, if the “red line” was crossed and China did move to establish a military base.

Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers flagged that he believed cuts to foreign aid by the government were partly to blame for the controversial deal going ahead, “by being a credible partner on climate change, having a credible climate change policy.”

The government has faced sustained criticism from the opposition about the deal, with Labor arguing that the Coalition should have done more to prevent it, including sending Foreign Minister Marise Payne to Solomon Islands when concerns about the pact first arose last year.

-www.abc.net.au, 23 April 2022

Arno's Commentary

Solomon Islands has a population of just 702,000 people. Religiously, 73.4% are Protestant. Life expectancy stands at 76.7 years, and per-capita GDP is listed at $2,500 for 2020. Their export partner is China at 65%; import partners are China at 24% and Australia at 13%. So, the bottom line is money, and rich communist China has the upper hand.

The World Economic Forum lists five of the most generous foreign aid contributors on a per-capita basis: Sweden 1.41%, United Arab Emirates 1.09%, Norway 1.05%, Luxembourg 0.93%, Denmark 0.85%. Australia does not make the top 20, with only 0.27% of its national income marked for foreign aid. 

Based on several other sources, China has now become the world’s largest foreign aid contributor.

It seems rather ironic that communist China is outspending the capitalist world. Therefore, Australia stands relatively empty-handed in their attempt to reverse Solomon Islands’ decision to more or less become a protectorate of China. 

In summary, welcome to globalism and the love of money, which the Bible says is the root of all evil.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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