The premier for the Solomon Islands province of Guadalcanal has hit back against claims in Australian media that a proposed Chinese-backed development project could be a threat to Australia’s strategic dominance in the region.
Anthony Veke told Pacific Beat he has been attending negotiations with investors from both China and Australia to build a tourism hub – which would include an airport – on the east coast of the island.
Mr Veke said the project is only in early stages of discussion and does not pose a threat to anyone.
“The project is still at very early stage, there are a number of issues that we need to sort out, and that is why I had to travel to China,
“I don’t see this project as a threat to anyone, as we are only doing the investment planning that is beneficial to the people of Solomon Islands.” Anthony Veke said.