Latest Solomon Islands News

Deep-sea explorers find Japanese ship that sank during WWII

Oct. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway...

Solomon Islands forms ties with China after Taiwan break

Sep. 21, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Solomon Islands formed diplomatic relations with China on Saturday after breaking ties with rival Taiwan, giving Beijing another victory in its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island it claims as part of its territory. The two governments announced in a joint statement they were...

Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan, presaging switch to China

Sep. 20, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Pacific island nation of Kiribati cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Friday, becoming the second country to do so this week and strengthening Beijing's hand. Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Kiribati had officially notified his government of the decision. Kiribati is...

Taiwan loses biggest Pacific ally as Solomons embraces China

Sep. 17, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Taiwan has lost its largest ally in the Pacific after the Solomon Islands confirmed Tuesday that it is switching diplomatic allegiance to China, and observers say other Pacific nations may soon follow. The switch has geopolitical significance that will be felt as far away as...

Taiwan says Solomon Islands switches recognition to China

Sep. 16, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China on Monday, becoming the latest country to leave the dwindling Taiwanese camp. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry confirmed the move, saying the Solomon Islands Cabinet approved a resolution to recognize Beijing as the...