Latest Solomon Islands News

Deputy Secretary Sherman says US 'doubling down' on Pacific

Aug. 09, 2022 00:50 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States is doubling down on its investment in the Pacific, said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Tuesday as she concluded a five-nation visit to the region. “The future will be written here in the Pacific,” Sherman said...

US official says Solomon Islands leader 'missed opportunity'

Aug. 08, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The U.S. deputy secretary of state said Monday the prime minister of the Solomon Islands “missed an important opportunity” by failing to attend a memorial service to mark the anniversary of a key World War II battle, amid concerns the South Pacific island nation is...

Solomon Islands takes tighter control over state broadcaster

Aug. 04, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The government of the Solomon Islands has taken tighter control over the nation's state-owned broadcaster — a move that opponents say is squarely aimed at controlling and censoring the news. The government said Friday that the Solomon Islands...

Chinese company eyes Solomon Islands deep-water port

Aug. 01, 2022 04:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese state-owned company is negotiating to buy a forestry planation with a deep-water port and World War II airstrip in Solomon Islands amid persistent concerns that China wants to establish a naval foothold in the South Pacific country. A delegation...

US seeks to expand ties with New Zealand amid China worries

Aug. 01, 2022 01:28 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The commander of the United States military in the Pacific said Monday he wants to expand and strengthen its ties with New Zealand. The visit to Wellington by Adm. John Aquilino, head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, comes as the U.S. is looking to...

US sends Sherman, Kennedy to visit the Solomon Islands

Jul. 25, 2022 23:52 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. is sending a high-profile diplomatic delegation to visit the Solomon Islands next week led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and including Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy. The U.S. State Department said Tuesday the trip is...

Milley: China more aggressive, dangerous to US, allies

Jul. 24, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Chinese military has become significantly more aggressive and dangerous over the past five years, the top U.S. military officer said during a trip to the Indo-Pacific that included a stop Sunday in Indonesia. U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the...

Pacific island national leaders declare climate emergency

Jul. 15, 2022 03:55 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Pacific island national leaders declared a climate emergency on Friday and agreed to try to bring Kiribati back to the region’s main diplomatic grouping. Kiribati announced it had withdrawn from the 18-member Pacific Islands Forum ahead of a leaders’ summit in...

Solomons leader: Chinese base would make his people targets

Jul. 14, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said Thursday that his country’s new security pact with Beijing would not allow China to build a military base on the South Pacific nation and make his citizens “targets for potential military strikes.” ...

US destroyer sails past Chinese-held South China Sea islands

Jul. 13, 2022 06:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Wednesday sailed a destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea in what Washington said was a patrol aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway. The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed past...