PM meets Xi

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has formally met the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping at the State Guest House Villa 18 on Thursday in Beijing, China. A statement from the Government Communication Unit reported in front of waiting camera crews, the two leaders shook hands, greeted each other before the President invited Mr…

Wale questions PM’s statement

OPPOSITION leader Matthew Wale questions the Prime Minister on his pre-departure statement that Solomon Islands will realign its national strategy in line with China’s development assistance.  “Such statements are worrying as it can mean, subjecting matters of strategic importance to our country to China,” Wale said. “Our national strategy means policies and plans that we…

China, SI sign deal under new ties

(Reuters) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing yesterday and signed several agreements in the first official visit since the two countries established diplomatic relations last month.  The new diplomatic relationship is a sign of China’s growing influence in the Pacific and a setback for self-ruled, democratic Taiwan.…

More Japanese volunteers to arrive 

FOUR Japanese volunteers under the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) program are expected to arrive in the country in December to replace some of the outgoing volunteers. JICA Program Officer James Niaseka said following the return of the 8 volunteers early this month, plans are in place to replace some of them by December. “The names…