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I'm not saying that there's a base in the Solomon Islands to which a second base in the Solomon Islands will be added, but maybe that's super obvious to the reader:

China has one overseas military base—it’s in Djibouti—and the US won’t tolerate the establishment of a second one in the Solomon Islands.

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I'm not saying that there's a base in the Solomon Islands to which a second base in the Solomon Islands will be added, but maybe that's super obvious to the reader:

China has one overseas military base—it’s in Djibouti—and the US won’t tolerate the establishment of a second one in the Solomon Islands.

Hi, Andrew—Yes, the "second meaning" you have in mind is extremely (even absurdly) far-fetched, since your sentence says where their "one overseas military base" is currently located, and that is not in the Solomon islands.

If you're worried about the absurd reading, you could use revise as follows. Incidentally, I've purged the sentence of em dashes, used "establishing" rather than "establishment," added periods to "U.S.," and changed to two sentences.

  • China has one overseas military base, in Djibouti. The U.S. won't tolerate their establishing another in the Solomon Islands.
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