Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has opened the Solomon Islands Embassy in China.

The Prime Minister also appointed Barrett Salato as the new Solomon Islands Ambassador to China at the event, the Global Times reports. 

The two countries established diplomatic ties on September 21, 2019. Half a month later, Sogavare paid his first visit to China, during which Solomon Islands officially joined the Belt and Road Initiative.

This visit, from Sunday to July 15, is Sogavare's second trip to China in four years. He has led a delegation consisting of representatives from diplomatic, trade, and other fields, to visit multiple cities and provinces including Beijing, East China's Jiangsu, and South China's Guangdong provinces. They will also visit several companies to explore cooperation opportunities.

On Monday afternoon, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Sogavare in Beijing, as the two sides jointly announced the official establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership based on mutual respect and common development for a new era. Observers believe that China's successful relations with the Solomon Islands have set an example to guide future cooperation between China and the Pacific Island countries.

Sogavare has repeatedly expressed his hope for further strengthening bilateral exchanges and deepening cooperation with China in various fields such as economy, technology, sustainable development, and education.