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China signs deal to ‘lease’ Pacific island in Solomons
Quote:China signs deal to ‘lease’ Pacific island in Solomons  

A Chinese company signed an agreement to lease an entire island in the Solomon Islands a day after Beijing recruited the Pacific nation as its latest ally in the strategically important region, according to documents obtained by AFP Thursday.
The leaked papers reveal that the Solomons’ Central Province made a “strategic cooperation agreement” on Tulagi island, which has the type of deep-water harbor coveted by the military, with the state-owned China Sam Group on September 22.
A day previously, China and the Solomons officially established diplomatic relations after Beijing persuaded the impoverished Pacific nation to sever ties with arch-rival Taiwan and become its ally.

The Australian had better be careful, the Chinese will be building a naval base there shortly.
The true purpose of democracy is not to select the best leaders — a clearly debatable obligation — but to facilitate the prompt and peaceful removal of obviously bad ones. 

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