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Chinese company to redevelop Solomon Islands port

A Chinese building company has won a contract to redevelop a key Solomon Islands port amid US and allies’ concerns about Beijing’s ambitions in the region.

ADF DEPLOYMENT SOLOMON ISLANDS Honiara's international port (pictured with Australian defence personnel) will be redeveloped.
March 23, 2023
23 March 2023

The Solomon Islands has awarded a Chinese state company a multimillion-dollar contract to upgrade an international port in Honiara in a project funded by the Asian Development Bank, an official from the island nation says.

The China Civil Engineering Construction Company was the only company to submit a bid in the competitive tender, Mike Qaqara, from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, told Reuters.

The ADB did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“This will be upgrading the old international port in Honiara and two domestic wharves in the provinces,” Qaqara said on Wednesday.

The Solomon Islands struck a security pact with Beijing last year, prompting concern from the United States and its allies including Australia, New Zealand and Japan over China’s ambitions to build a naval base in the region.

The Solomon Islands and China have denied the security pact would allow a naval base.

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