The relationship of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Solomon Islands is one that is "based around trust and also with respect and dignity".Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua made the statement in his address to welcome the Vice President of Taiwan, Her Excellency Madam Annette Lu, and her delegation who arrived to a very warm welcome at the Honiara International Airport last Friday.
Madam Lu was welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister, Fred Fono, the Ambassador to Taiwan, Mr. George Chan, and the Chief of Protocol, Mr. Salana Kalu.
Speaking at a welcome luncheon at the Honiara Hotel for the visiting delegation, Prime Minister Sikua said that the relationship between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands has been growing for over 25 years now and is looking good for the future.
He said that the visit was very meaningful to the government and people of Solomon Islands.
Dr. Sikua said that the government is fully committed with ROC, "you have given funds to the health sections, educational sections and more which benefited the government and the people of Solomon Islands".
He said that his government is looking forward to more consultations with the Taiwan government.
Her Excellency, Madam Annette, in response said that she is very happy that Taiwan becomes good friends with the people of the Pacific Islands.
Prime Minister Sikua described the Vice President's one day visit as a pleasant one.