Solomon Islands

US officials land in Solomons to discuss China pact concerns 

The visit comes days after China and the Solomon Islands confirmed they had signed a security pact, a development which has alarmed neighboring countries and Western allies who fear amilitary buildup.

published on : 22nd April 2022

Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare calls China security deal backlash 'insulting'

In an impassioned speech, PM Sogavare said he found it very insulting, to be branded as unfit to manage the sovereign affairs of the nation or have other motives in pursuing their national interest.

published on : 29th March 2022

Australia, New Zealand worried by China's deal with Solomon Islands

A document leaked last week indicates that China could boost its military presence in the South Pacific island nation, including with ship visits.

published on : 28th March 2022

Opening of Solomon Islands embassy by US is deep strategic anxiety, says Chinese media

An editorial published in the Chinese state media said, "the US was void of steady interest in Pacific island countries, it will only look down and notice the region whenever there is strategic need."

published on : 14th February 2022

US will reopen Solomon Islands embassy to counter China's influence in Indo-Pacific

Document titled the "Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States", includes plans to open new embassies and consulates in Southeast Asia and Pacific island nations.

published on : 14th February 2022

US aims to counter China by opening Solomon Islands embassy

The U.S. previously operated an embassy in the Solomons for five years before closing it in 1993. Since then, U.S. diplomats from neighbouring Papua New Guinea have been accredited to the islands.

published on : 12th February 2022

US aims to counter China by opening Solomon Islands embassy

The State Department said Solomon Islanders cherished their history with Americans on the battlefields of World War II, but that the U.S. was in danger of losing its preferential ties.

published on : 12th February 2022

Solomons PM survives confidence vote, blames crisis on 'Taiwan's agents'

The pro-Beijing leader comfortably saw off an opposition attempt to oust him, winning 32 votes to 15 after a fractious and hot-tempered day-long debate.

published on : 6th December 2021

Solomon Islands leader faces no-confidence vote after riots

Many businesses remained closed in the capital, Honiara, ahead of the vote over concerns that violence could erupt again, leading to an eerie calm.

published on : 6th December 2021

New Zealand to send military, police to Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands police found three bodies in a burned-out building and arrested more than 100 people amid the violence.

published on : 1st December 2021

New Zealand to send peacekeepers to crisis-hit Solomon Islands

The crisis in the Solomon Islands erupted last week when protests over government policies turned violent, fuelled by poverty, unemployment and inter-island rivalries in the nation of 800,000.

published on : 1st December 2021

Solomon Islands police find three bodies after violent protests

Authorities imposed a curfew in the capital Honiara, after a 36-hour lockdown ordered by the embattled Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare ended Friday.

published on : 27th November 2021

Third day of riots hit Solomon Island's capital as Australian troops deploy

Thousands of people -- some brandishing axes and knives -- rampaged through the city's Chinatown, Point Cruz and business districts -- according to a reporter on the scene.

published on : 26th November 2021

Australia to send troops, police and diplomats to Solomon Islands amid unrest

The first personnel were to arrive Thursday night with more going on Friday, and the deployment was expected to last for a few weeks, Morrison said.

published on : 25th November 2021