Politics Archive September 2019

Government Cuts Ties With Taiwan

Government Cuts Ties With Taiwan

After 36 years of diplomatic relations the government has voted in favour of a switch in recognition.
Caucus Votes in Favour of China

Caucus Votes in Favour of China

Caucus has voted in favour of switching allegiance to China. Of the 33 present 27 voted in favour and 6 abstained.
Switching to China is High Risk: CBSI

Switching to China is High Risk: CBSI

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has concluded that the country will not be able to absorb any additional borrowing from China should it decide to switch.
"As a patriotic Solomon Islander I am deeply concerned to see that the decision to switch now is dictated by China’s time table," Kenilorea said in a prepared statement.

No Need to Rush Decision to Switch: Kenilorea

Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr (FRC) says that he is disappointed that Prime Minister Sogavare and cabinet will be making a decision on the recommendation of the bi-partisan task force (BTF) to switch to People’s Republic of China (China) from Taiwan without waiting to get any inputs from the FRC.
Police Calls for Calm As Decision Day on Switch Nears

Police Calls for Calm As Decision Day on Switch Nears

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) appeals to all citizens of Solomon Islands to remain calm and respect law and order as the country awaits a decision by the Government on the future of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Taiwan Says Taskforce Report Inacurate and Biased

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), says that the report of the bipartisan Task Force set up by the government of Solomon Islands is inaccurate and biased.
Leaked Documents Show No Commitment From China

Leaked Documents Show No Commitment From China

Leaked documents show that senior Chinese officials did not commit to any Aid assistance should Solomon Islands severe ties with long time ally Taiwan, the Solomon Star reports.

Landslide in Gizo Kills Young Mother

A freak landslide in Gizo Western Province has killed a young mother, a teacher by profession.
President Tsai Ing-wen, right, talks with Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeremiah Manele, left, at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Meets With President of Taiwan

Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Jeremiah Manele has met with President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.
Foriegn Minister Heads to Taiwan as China Diplomatic Battle Heats Up

Foriegn Minister Heads to Taiwan as China Diplomatic Battle Heats Up

The Solomon Islands' Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Jeremiah Manele has left for Taiwan on Sunday as sections in the government maul switching the country's diplomatic allegiance to China.

Opposition Office Critical of New Lands Board Appointments

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition has condemned and expressed concerns over the appointment of Silver Dunga and Fred Soaki to the Ministry’s Lands Board.
PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledge that political leadership is key to winning the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

PM Calls For Roadmap to Halt and Reverse NCDs

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledge that political leadership is key to winning the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

Police Warns Public About Erecting Roadblocks to Demand Cash

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) warns members of the public that erecting roadblocks to demand money as a token of appreciation for the work done is an offence.
Taiwan Looking at Sending Taskforce to Solomon Islands

Taiwan Looking at Sending Taskforce to Solomon Islands

Taiwan might send a task force to the Solomon Islands to learn more about its need for aid, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday, amid renewed speculation about a potential switch in the Pacific ally’s diplomatic recognition to China.
Foreign Relations Committee Starts Inquiry into China - Taiwan Issue

Foreign Relations Committee Starts Inquiry into China - Taiwan Issue

The Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) started hearings into the China - Taiwan issue this morning.
15 Arrested on Fathers Day

15 Arrested on Fathers Day

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara City have arrested 15 people in connection with the Father’s Day celebrations during the weekend.
Australian Defense Minister, Hon. Linda Reynolds meets PRT officers participating in the Exercise Coastwatchers 2019 at Taro.

RSIPF Officers Participate in Exercise Coastwatchers 2019

Officers from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western and Choiseul provinces and the Police Response Team (PRT) joined staff from National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and other Government Agencies (OGA) agencies in Taro for the commencement of the 2019 Coastwatchers Exercise on 28 August 2019.
Suspicions of Sorcery Leads to Burning of House

Suspicions of Sorcery Leads to Burning of House

A man and his family had to leave their village for their own safety after they were threatened by villagers, accusing the man of practising sorcery.
New Zealand Appoints New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

New Zealand Appoints New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced the appointment of diplomat Georgina Roberts as New Zealands next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.