Rift over Solomon Islands’ new ‘One China’ policy makes chaos of COVID-19 response
Malaita residents welcome the humanitarian aid from Taiwan. Photos from the Facebook page of Malaita Province Premier Daniel SuidaniA confiscated aid shipment, a provincial leader playing by his own playbook, and an angry Chinese embassy.These are all ingredients in the complicated COVID-19 response of the Solomon Islands, one of the few countries in the world yet to register a coronavirus case, but one that is still hurting economically from pandemic-related disruptions.At the heart of the confusion is a very recent diplomatic shift.After 36 years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Solomon ...
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands
Sydney (AFP) - A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Solomon Islands on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.The powerful quake struck just after 4 pm (0500 GMT) at a depth of 17.7 kilometres (11 miles) some 140 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of the Pacific nation's capital Honiara, the USGS added.The Solomon Islands Met Service said there was no tsunami threat from the undersea quake.Garedd Porowai, marketing team leader for Solomon Islands Tourism, said the tremor was "not the biggest" he had felt but it "gave us quite a jolt here in the office".There was no...
Taiwan terminates relations with Solomon Islands: foreign ministry
Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan on Monday severed ties with the Solomon Islands after learning the Pacific nation had decided to switch diplomatic recognition to China, a decision it described as "extremely regrettable"."The cabinet of the Solomon Islands government decided to switch diplomatic relations to the People's Republic of China," foreign minister Joseph Wu announced at a press conference in Taipei on Monday."The government hereby declares the termination of diplomatic relations with the Solomon Islands with immediate effect," he added.The move is yet another diplomatic blow for Taiwan which ha...
Australia to fund high-speed internet cable for Solomon Islands
The Australian government announced Wednesday it will jointly fund the construction of an undersea high-speed internet cable in the Solomon Islands, taking the contract away from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the construction, which will link remote provinces of the Pacific island nation with its capital Honiara, after bilateral talks with his Solomon Islands counterpart Rick Houenipwela in Canberra."This initiative will see the economic and social benefits of high speed internet extend to Solomon Islands' highly-dispersed population," Turnbu...