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Beyond the impact on the election: What will the Solomon Islands-China security pact mean for the region?

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People demonstrating in Jakarta in 2019 about the future of Papua.

Papua Barat Source: Source: Andew Gal/Nur Photo via Getty


Published 10 May 2022 at 10:52pm
By sri dean
Presented by sri dean
Source: SBS

In Australia the signing of the Solomon Islands-China security pact turned National Security into an election issue. There were warnings that the pact would be a threat to Australian security. Other commentators believed this was an over-reaction. But what might the agreement mean for Indonesia and the region?


Published 10 May 2022 at 10:52pm
By sri dean
Presented by sri dean
Source: SBS


Dr Nur Rachmat Yuliantoro is a lecturer in International Relations in the Faculty of Politic and Social Studies at Gadjah Mada University. He explains to Sri Dean how Indonesia should respond to the pact given Indonesia’s overall foreign policy and national interest.

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In 2021Australia deployed troops to participate in a peace-keeping mission to protect the Solomon Islands against anti-government protesters.
Will Australia’s Defence role in the Solomon Islands region have to change? Source: Source: Australian Department of Defence via Getty Images



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