Australia Sending Troops, Patrol Boat to Solomon Islands as Unrest Builds

Australia Sending Troops, Patrol Boat to Solomon Islands as Unrest Builds


Australian troops will join a small force of police and diplomats bound for the Solomon Islands on Thursday as civil unrest continues across the tiny South Pacific nation.

The violence comes amid ongoing tensions over the government’s 2019 decision to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish formal links with China and its ruling Communist Party dictatorship.

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the deployment will include a detachment of 23 federal police officers and up to 50 more to provide security at critical infrastructure sites, as well as 43 defense force personnel, a patrol boat and at least five diplomats.

“Our purpose here is to provide stability and security,” Morrison said following a meeting of the National Security Committee of cabinet in

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