CHINA’S VISIT TO MALAITA
By ANDREW FANASIA
OFFICIALS from the Chinese Embassy in Honiara made a special trip to Malaita at the invitation of two MPs from the province on Monday.
This was revealed exclusively by China’s Acting Ambassador to Solomon Islands Yao Ming, Tuesday.
Ambassador Ming, who was part of the team, was invited by MP for Baegu Asifola constituency Makario Tagini and MP for Fataleka Rex Ramofafia.
The two MPs are members of the ruling Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA).
It’s understood that this is the first visit Chinese officials to visit Malaita after the China switch last September.
The switch to China from Taiwan was staunchly opposed by Malaita and their provincial executive has boldly declared they will not accept any funding assistance from China.
Last year Suidani told the international media that Malaita province won’t accept any development loans from China, as concern rises over investments from Beijing.
But a breakthrough was made on Monday when the PRC Officials led by their Acting Ambassador visited the constituencies.
Ming said they have the opportunity to visit a few health clinics and their communities.
“From my personal observation, some community people are living in humble conditions especially in terms of health care.
“So the Chinese Embassy together with Chinese companies will be committed to providing our support for helping provincial governments to improve their health care capabilities,” Ming told the Solomon Star.
But the visit has caused mixed feelings amongst Malaitans.
The Solomon Star understands that Premier Suidani met with the Minister for Provincial Government and a few other Malaita MPs in relation to the suspension threat in Honiara yesterday.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga.