SICA is the country's longest and well-respected association, with over 70 years of rich and proud history, and represents the Chinese community's social, cultural and business affairs in the Solomon Islands.

SICA condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the senseless widespread looting and burning of shops and properties that have endangered the lives of many innocent individuals and families, including the Indigenous Solomon Islanders.

Many Chinese individuals and families have lost literally everything and are also homeless.

The Chinese community extends their gratitude towards the many peace-loving Solomon Islanders who have offered their support and sympathy during this difficult time.

The Indigenous Solomon Islanders will also be heavily affected such as through loss of employment, and lack of timely supplies for their businesses and canteens.

The majority of Solomon Islanders are friendly, caring, easygoing and peaceful people.

The criminals who loot and burn are but a very small minority of the country's population. The bravery of the RSIPF, PRT, Securities, Chinese individuals, and friends of the Chinese Community are recognized and acknowledged.

These organizations and individuals risked their lives to protect other community members and properties from criminals, and SICA Will forever be grateful for their help.

SICA would also like to thank the SIG for their continuous support in helping to rebuild businesses and support the Solomon Islands' economy.

The support from the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea in assisting the RSIPF to stabilize the situation and provide security is deeply appreciated.

SICA also wishes to remind all Chinese owned and operated businesses to continue operating in an ethical and fair manner; respecting and abiding by the laws of the country.

SICA humbly asks everyone to respect the rule of law and resolve any differences in a peaceful and Christian way. Matthew 5:9: "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children Of God."

The members of SICA and the Chinese community are confident that no matter how difficult or long it will take, by the Grace of God almighty and support of all, we will look forward to a brighter Solomon Islands for everyone.

As a Christian country, we leave with all of us the Holy words of Luke 23:34: "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing."

May God continue to bless all of us and Solomon Islands from shore to shore.

Source: SICA Press Statement