Solomons PM attacks ‘unneighbourly’ China questions

Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister criticized foreign interference over a new police deal with China, calling it “unneighbourly,” while defending the benefits of the agreement and the financial support provided by China.

Solomon Islands says China police pact not a ‘threat’

Solomon Islands defends its policing pact with China, stating it poses no threat and urges respect for sovereignty.

Solomons ‘disqualifies’ pro-Taiwan ex-provincial leader

Daniel Suidani, a former provincial leader of the Solomon Islands, has been “disqualified” by the pro-China government for his refusal to recognise Beijing over Taipei. The move follows Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s decision to switch the country’s diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 2019. Suidani, who plans to challenge the decision in the High Court, has consistently refused to toe the line set by Sogavare, citing overwhelming support among people in Malaita for maintaining ties with Taiwan. The move comes at a time of growing Chinese influence in the Solomons and the wider Pacific.

China boosts South Pacific influence with Solomons port deal

China’s state-backed company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, has won a $170 million contract to develop the international port in the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara, marking a significant victory in China’s bid to gain strategic influence in the South Pacific. The Solomon Islands has become a diplomatic battleground between China and the United States, with major infrastructure projects in the region increasingly reliant on Chinese investment.