A sad goodbye for a long-time friend  

THE Government should have done better to give Taiwan ambassador Oliver Liao a decent farewell during his departure on Tuesday at the airport. Liao left the country after the Government made the decision on Monday night to cut off ties with his country. Honiara resident Jay Tane uttered the words on Tuesday after seeing the Taiwanese Ambassador…

PAP hits out at switch

SUPPORTERS of the People’s Alliance Party in Honiara and Makira say closing of diplomatic ties with the Republic of China on Taiwan by the Government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is a sad affair for Solomon Islands. PAP does not have a member in the National Parliament as its candidates who had won seats in…

West welcomes govt’s decision

THE Western provincial government (WPG) has welcomed the government’s decision to switch allegiance to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), describing the latest diplomatic change as historic. In a statement issued through the Western Provincial Government communication unit in Gizo on Tuesday afternoon, Western Premier David Gina said the switch is a way forward in terms…

Cries fall short

MALAITANS who took part in a peaceful protest against government’s decision to switch diplomatic tie from Taiwan to China yesterday say their cries have fallen on deaf ears. The protest came after 27 government members voted in a resolution to switch ties from traditional partner Taiwan to China. Speaking to the Solomon Star in an…

Wale condemns switch decision

OPPOSITION leader Mathew Wale has condemned the Prime Minister’s decision to allow the government to hastily decide switching ties from Taiwan to China. Government Caucus and Cabinet decided on Monday night to make the switch. “The hasty manner in which the Government made the decision is both undemocratic and highly questionable,” Wale said.   “Taiwan has…

SI hails Taiwan’s 36yrs of friendship

The Solomon Islands Government on Tuesday expresses profound gratitude to the government and good people of Taiwan for the deep and friendly relations and cooperation over the last thirty six years. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade made the statement yesterday as the Solomon Islands Government downgraded its relations with Taipei following Monday’s cabinet…

PM may not attend UN

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare may unlikely attend the 74th United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) in New York due to the current diplomatic and political situation. He was due to travel with 11-man delegation this weekend. But Government insiders told the Solomon Star last night Sogavare may send his Foreign Affairs minister Jeremiah Manele instead. “Yes…

Kenilorea: decision to switch regrettable

OPPOSITION spokesman for Foreign Affairs Peter Kenilorea says the Government’s decision to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China is regrettable. “It is regrettable that caucus and cabinet have already decided to establish relations with China, ignoring the ongoing process that was embarked upon by Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee,” Kenilorea, who is also the chairman…

Former premier escapes jail

FORMER Guadalcanal Premier Stephen Panga who was found guilty after a trial for abuse of office has luckily escaped jail, Tuesday. This was after Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika suspended the nine months jail term he imposed yesterday for 18 months. This means that Panga will serve his sentence outside of jail and must not re-offend…