FULL SCHOLARSHIP

China’s sponsorship on standby  By IAN M.KAUKUI Beijing is ready to provide full scholarship for local students studying in Taiwan if Solomon Islands switch ties to China. Chairman of the Bartisan Task Force Moffat Fugui uttered the statement during a talk-back show via the national broadcaster organised by the Task Force yesterday. The talk-back show…

MP’s Shipping firm accused

Foreign couple call for justice, truthfulness SOLOMON LOFANAIn Auki A foreign couple who operates Hilltop Training Institute in Auki, Malaita province has called for justice and Truthfulness from Fair west shipping company – owned by Member of Parliament (MP) for Marovo Constituency. This comes after their properties went missing on-board MV Fair Lady during its…

To switch or not to switch

CHINA DECISION LOOMS By ANDREW FANASIA THE Government will decide whether to switch or not before Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare leaves the country at the end of the week to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The bi-partisan task force assigned to review current relationships with Taiwan on Friday presented its report to members…

Taiwan reacts to comments

TAIWAN’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou says they felt Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s statement does not reflect the complete picture of the Taiwan-Solomon Islands relations. Ou was responding to comments Sogavare made in an interview with the Australian National University’s Little Red Podcast, whose contents were released this week. The interview was conducted…

Malaita supports US offer 

MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani has declared his Executive and people’s support for the development package proposed by the United States ambassador Catherine Ebert-Grey during her meeting with the Malaitan MPs earlier this week.   The premier said Malaita has been a province that has been neglected by succeeding governments for too long and its people have…

Muaki: the time is right

There is no other good time to decide the China/Taiwan than now says political commentators and former Special Secretary to the Prime Minister Andrew Muaki. “The timing is right for Solomon Islands to put this issue before the table to decide it once and for all,” said Muaki in an exclusive interview with Solomon Star on…

Comments clarified

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) yesterday clarified the background and context of the comment by Prime Minister labeling Taiwan as ‘useless’ that appeared in our front page publication on Thursday. A statement from the OPMC said the interview was initially derived from a podcast from The Red Podcast site.  The confidential…