Latest Solomon Islands News

Former Australian envoy says Australia's lost Pacific trust

May. 16, 2022 01:25 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian envoy to the Solomons Islands has accused Australia’s government of losing the trust of South Pacific island countries and of ushering in greater Chinese influence. Retired career diplomat Trevor Sofield told a security summit on...

Chinese ambassador says Solomons pact no threat to Australia

May. 12, 2022 06:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese ambassador says China’s engagement with South Pacific island countries poses no threat to Australia, responding to fears that Beijing will establish a military foothold in the Solomon Islands. China’s envoy to Australia, Xiao Qian, attempted...

Australia aware of China plans for Solomon Islands wharves

May. 09, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said on Monday he was aware of China’s ambitions in the southwest Pacific after a newspaper reported plans by Beijing to build wharves, shipyards and underwater cables in the Solomon Islands. The Australian newspaper...

Australian leader silent on reaction to feared Chinese base

May. 08, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Sunday refused to say how his government might respond if China attempted to establish a military base less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off the Australian coast on the Solomon Islands. Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

Australian, Solomon Islands ministers discuss China pact

May. 07, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister has met her Solomon Islands counterpart for the first time since the South Pacific nation signed a security pact with China, which has raised concerns about Beijing's encroachment on Australia's doorstep. Foreign Minister...

Australia seeks friendship with Solomons despite China pact

May. 06, 2022 04:29 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's defense minister said Friday that his nation wants to continue having a strong friendship with the Solomon Islands despite it signing a security pact with China. Speaking on Australia’s Nine Network “Today” show, Peter Dutton said Solomon Islands...

Morrison defends management of Australia's ties to Solomons

May. 05, 2022 06:15 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday he is following security officials’ advice in managing relations with the Solomon Islands after its leader alleged he had been threatened “with invasion.” Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh...

Australian minister accuses China of election interference

Apr. 27, 2022 04:57 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A senior Australian minister on Wednesday suggested that China had deliberately announced its security pact with the Solomon Islands during an election campaign to undermine her government’s chances of reelection. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews’...

Australian opposition party vows to train Pacific armies

Apr. 26, 2022 00:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s opposition party promised Tuesday to establish a Pacific defense school to train neighboring armies in response to China’s potential military presence on the Solomon Islands. The school was among a range of measures that the center-left...

Japan to send envoy to Solomons amid worry over China pact

Apr. 25, 2022 00:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is sending a vice foreign minister to the Solomon Islands on Monday amid worry over a recent security agreement that the South Pacific nation struck with China that could increase Beijing's military influence in the region. Vice Foreign Minister Kentaro Uesugi's...