China’s security deal with Solomons raises alarm in Pacific

  • The Chinese Embassy is seen in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on Saturday. A security alliance between China and the Solomon Islands has sent shudders throughout the South Pacific, with many worried it could set off a large-scale military buildup or that Western animosity to the deal could play into China’s hands. (AP Photo/Charley Piringi, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A security alliance between China and the Solomon Islands has sent shudders throughout the South Pacific, with many worried it could set off a large-scale military buildup or that Western animosity to the deal could play into China’s hands.