Amidst the rising tensions in Europe, the Pacific is proving to be another battleground in the struggle for control and influence between Eastern and Western powers. In a press conference last Sunday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the construction of a Chinese military facility in the Solomon Islands would serve as a “red line” for his administration following the signing of the Solomon Islands-China security deal.

Morrison added that his country’s concern is shared by the major powers in the region, as well as the United States, who share the same “red line” with Australia, according to the Prime Minister.

“This is a shared concern, not just Australia. This is Australia with regional governments,” he said.

“We won’t be having Chinese military naval bases in our region on our doorstep,” Morrison added. The Solomons is just 1,200 miles (2,000) kilometers from Australia. Having a Chinese base in the islands brings the possibility of a nearby hostile base in the event of a conflict.