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…

Landslide hits South Malaita

A TEAM consisting of Auki Police officers, the Red Cross and Disaster officers in Malaita has now been alerted following reports of a landslide that destroyed four houses with three people still missing in South Malaita. The incident was said to have happened between 12am and 3am early on Thursday at Unimenu area in South Malaita.…

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…

Kenilorea: PM’s ‘Useless’ ROC comments

IT is truly unfortunate to hear and read of the expressed sentiments by Prime Minister  Manasseh Sogavare describing the relations between Solomon Islands and Taiwan as ‘useless’.  That’s according to the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) Chairman and Member of Parliament for East Are’are Peter Kenilorea Jnr. “It is an unfortunate choice of words to describe…

US envoy meets Malaita leaders

LEADERS from Malaita met the visiting United States ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, during which they discussed the economic challenges the province is facing.   The meeting took place at the Sir Paul Tovua parliamentary complex, where Ambassador Ebert-Gray reiterated U.S. commitment to the Pacific region and Solomon Islands.  Apart from economic challenges, discussions also focused on…