Topical Questions

Part of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 6th September 2022.

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Photo of Tom Randall Tom Randall Conservative, Gedling

It was reported last week that the US coastguard cutter, the Oliver Henry, aborted her visit to the Solomon Islands. That followed a similar aborted visit by HMS Spey. In the light of those events, what assessment has my right hon. Friend made of the current state of UK-Solomon Islands bilateral relations? Furthermore, what steps are the Government taking to counteract communist Chinese influence in the south Pacific?