US aims to counter China by opening Solomon Islands embassy

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken watches a cultural farewell ceremony in Nadi, Fiji, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The U.S. says it will open an embassy in the Solomon Islands, laying out in unusually blunt terms a plan to increase its influence in the South Pacific nation before China becomes “strongly embedded.”