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SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Solomon Islands’ decision to sign a security pact with China will not have a negative impact or undermine peace and harmony in the region, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told parliament on Wednesday. .

Sogavare asked his friends, partners and neighbors to respect the sovereign interests of the country.

China said on Tuesday it had signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands, a move that heightened concerns among the United States and its allies about China’s growing influence in a region traditionally under its sway. . (Reporting by Kirsty Needham; Writing by Praveen Menon; Editing by Tom Hogue)