Australia will continue in its financial support for the Solomon Islands amid growing concern over the Pacific nation signing a policing deal with China.

The leaked draft deal between the two nations would allow for Chinese ships to be based in the Pacific, as well as have a navy base less than 2,000 kilometres off Australia’s coast.

In a joint statement released on Friday afternoon, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne and International Development Minister Zed Seselja said Australia respected the right of every Pacific country to make sovereign decisions.

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