**Why a Chinese Security Deal in the Pacific Could Ripple Through the World**
**In potentially opening the door to a Chinese military base, the Solomon Islands threatens the balance of power in a vital shipping region.**
**By Damien Cave, The New York Times, April 20, 2022**
**The prime minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, has shaken his own democracy and the stability of the entire Asia-Pacific region by signing a sweeping security agreement with China. Having already suggested that he wants to delay next year’s election by rewriting the constitution, the prime minister now has China to lean on if protests break out. At the same time, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and his army now have a foothold in an island chain that played a decisive role in World War II and could be used to block vital shipping lanes....**
**In the draft, almost anything tied to China, from its citizens to small businesses to infrastructure to stadiums — like the one a Chinese contractor is building in the capital, Honiara — could be enough to spur a request for Chinese troops....**
**In a poll late last year, more than 90 percent of Solomon Islanders said they wanted their country to work closely with liberal democratic countries instead of China, and 79 percent said they did not want their country receiving financial aid from China....** [end quote]
China has projects all over the world. China has workers and a diaspora scattered all over the world.
Russia’s pretext for invading Ukraine was supposedly protection of Russian speakers from Ukrainian genocide.
If China adopts a similar pretext, it would have an excuse to ship Chinese military might in any country where Chinese nationals are supposedly threatened.
Any dictator (or would-be dictator) with Chinese projects could invite in Chinese troops, supposedly to protect Chinese interests but actually to defend the dictatorship.
This obscure pact, which probably won’t make the TV news, has the potential to have tremendous Macroeconomic and world defense implications.