Solomon Islands announces formal security pact with China
Thursday, 31 March 2022
Solomon Islands Ministers of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Jeremiah Manele and Minister of Police and National Security and Correctional Services, the Hon Anthony Veke jointly announced that officials of Solomon Islands and the Peoples Republic of China have initialed elements of a bilateral Security Cooperation Framework between the two countries today.
The draft Framework Agreement will be cleaned up and await signatures of the two countries Foreign Ministers.
Solomon Islands reiterate that the Framework of Cooperation is to respond to Solomon Islands soft and hard domestic threats. Solomon Islands continue to roll out the implementation of its National Security Strategy and uphold its Foreign Policy of “Friends to all and enemies to none.”
The country will work with all partners in providing a safe and secure nation where all people are able to co-exist peacefully.
Solomon Islands seeks greater security partnership with other partners and neighbours and once again express its deep gratitude and sincere appreciation to Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji for the presence of their Security Personnel in Solomon Islands.
We thank their respective governments and peoples for the service of their professionals whom we welcome and acknowledge with a thankful heart.
China has just completed its first round of Chinese Communist-stye Public Order Management training for the Solomons Police.
Fourteen officers from Police Response Team (PRT) and Operational Safety Training (OST) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) have completed the first Public Order Management (POM) training conducted by China Police Liaison Team (CPLT) on 25 March 2022 at Rove Police Headquarters.
During the two weeks training beginning from 14 March 2022, RSIPF officers have received the training on drill, unarmed combat skills, advanced usage of long sticks, round shields, tactical batons, T-shape baton, handcuffs, basic rifle tactics and crowd control.
All these trainings are relevant and practical aiming at increasing the capability of RSIPF officers to effectively respond to different kinds of emergencies when the need arise.
At the end of the training, the instructors from CPLT and RSIPF assessed all the fourteen officers for their competencies. There will be a second POM training conducted for Central Response Unit (CRU) and Provincial Response Unit (PRU) from 2 to 15 May 2022.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) National Security and Operation Support Mr Ian Vaevaso says, I am extremely happy that RSIPF is receiving such policing capacity development training. This will very much help boost the capability of RSIPF officers to handle various situations when it comes to public disorders.
DC Ian Vaevaso says I would like to thank the CPLT for the commitment and dedication in making sure the first training is done successfully and looking forward to working closely with your team to deliver the remaining training package to RSIPF officers.