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The incumbent prime minister of Solomon Islands was set to fall short of an outright election majority Monday, forcing the pro-Beijing Pacific leader to woo an unwieldy mix of potential coalition partners.

Manasseh Sogavare's Our Party has won 12 seats with six contests still in play, according to provisional results reported by the public broadcaster — well short of a majority in the 50-seat parliament.

Coalition negotiations will be closely watched from afar, with major consequences for Beijing's push into the South Pacific.

It's an incongruous sight. 

On one side, there's glorious golden sand and gleaming blue water, with rows of palm trees lining a strip of luxury hotels, complete with tiki bars and silver service restaurants.

But on the edge of Kāʻanapali Beach, a shabby row of tents has sprung up: their occupants largely ignored by the bikini-clad tourists strolling by.

It might be wrong to assume China has “peaked”. Nicholas R. Lardy, a  Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, writing for Foreign Affairs, argues it is still rising and should not be underestimated  as a superpower. Parts of the American establishment, however, still cannot conceive of pacific coexistence/competition with Beijing.

Tensions between the US and China have grown as the US has been more aggressive asserting itself in the South China Sea, started military alliances with Australia and Japan and placed US troops on small Taiwanese islands within eyesight of the Chinese mainland.

China has conducted military “combat patrols” in the disputed South China Sea, as the United States holds the first joint military exercises with the Philippines, Japan and Australia.

Beijing’s surprise announcement of a naval drill on Sunday came a day after defence chiefs from the four countries said the Philippines would host joint drills in the same area on the same day.

China has been put on notice as the United States will hold joint naval exercises with three of its top allies in the South China Sea.

The U.S. Navy will partner up with Japan, the Philippines and Australia over the weekend for a series of exercises, including anti-submarine warfare training.

Israel attacked and destroyed the home of the Iranian ambassador to Syria, killing two Iranian generals and 9 others. Israel has been demanding war against Iran since 1988 claiming they have a secret nuclear weapons project which is nonexistent according to US intelligence reports.

Israel cannot militarily defeat either Hamas or Hezbollah. They have been committed nonstop genocidal atrocities in Gaza angering 90% the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims though the richest people in that Muslim world are trying to stay out of the conflict.

The Air Force’s Agile Combat Employment concept depends on the U.S. military gaining footholds and airstrips on dozens of small islands throughout the Pacific—places like Tinian, Palau, and Saipan, all fewer than 200 square miles each.

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