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As Russia launches a new wave of attacks on Ukraine impacting millions of people, many in Washington pivoted their focus to a tiny Pacific Island nation with a population of less than 700,000.

The Solomon Islands may appear to be a minnow in the scheme of geopolitics outside of wartime but – as China, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States each made abundantly clear over the past month – it has once again become a strategic catch in the Pacific.