A United States Coast Guard vessel was unable to enter Solomon Islands for a routine port call because the Solomon Islands government did not respond to a request for it to refuel and provision, a US official said.
The vessel was USCGC Oliver Henry, hardly a symbol of American hegemony. HMS Spey, a larger offshore patrol vessel, was also reported to have had difficulty arranging a replenishment stop. Both were operating in support of the fisheries agency for the Pacific Islands Forum.
The difficulties may have been resolved,
“The U.S. Department of State is in contact with the Government of the Solomon Islands and expect all future clearances will be provided to U.S. ships”
Still it appears to be a symptom of growing Chinese influence in the Western Pacific.
Saw that coming.
We need to nip this in the bud. Be there. Act as a friend to those willing to work on and defend their freedom. They would take a lesser honest deal if offered. We can win and do so with an economy of scale.
More here: https://breakingdefense.com/2022/08/solomons-slap-moratorium-on-naval-vessel-visits-pm-says-uscg-ship-was-okd-for-entry-but/
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