Latest Solomon Islands News

Strong quake rocks Solomon Islands, sends people fleeing

Nov. 22, 2022 01:45 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolted the Solomon Islands Tuesday afternoon, overturning tables and sending people racing for higher ground. There were no immediate reports of widespread damage or injuries, although Australia's prime minister...

Report: China targets 2 diplomatic allies with Pacific aid

Oct. 31, 2022 03:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Beijing was targeting its Pacific aid to new diplomatic allies Solomon Islands and Kiribati while Chinese financial support across the region continued to decline, the Lowy Institute reported Monday in its latest annual analysis of regional assistance. ...

Solomon Islands leader rules out China base in his country

Oct. 06, 2022 04:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Solomon Islands prime minister assured Australia on Thursday that he would not “endanger his country” by allowing China to establish a naval base in the South Pacific. Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made his first visit to the...

Solomon Islands agreed to accord after China references axed

Oct. 04, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Solomon Islands agreed to sign an accord between the United States and more than a dozen Pacific nations only after indirect references to China were removed, the Solomon Islands foreign minister said Tuesday. “There were some references that put us...

Biden uses $130M in frozen Egypt aid to help Pacific Islands

Sep. 30, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will pay for $130 million in new climate initiatives for Pacific Island nations by reallocating money that had originally been earmarked for military assistance for Egypt but withheld because of concerns over human rights abuses. The State...

Biden vows US commitment to Pacific Islands at summit

Sep. 29, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday told visiting leaders from more than a dozen Pacific Island countries that the U.S. was committed to bolstering its presence in their region and becoming a more collaborative partner as they face the “existential threat” of climate change. ...

Biden looks to win over Pacific Island leaders at summit

Sep. 28, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hosting Pacific Island leaders for a two-day summit as the U.S. looks to counter China’s military and economic influence in the region. Pacific Island leaders, meanwhile, see an even more pressing concern: climate change. Secretary of...

US, UK join Pacific allies in Fijian military exercise

Sep. 21, 2022 07:38 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A military exercise in Fiji involving the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand ends this week as the traditional allies counter China’s growing influence in the region. The 11-day Exercise Cartwheel in Fiji began Sept. 12 and ends Friday,...

Australian PM supports Charles's continuing climate advocacy

Sep. 15, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Thursday it would be “perfectly acceptable” for King Charles III to continue to advocate for climate change action in his new apolitical role as monarch. Albanese was speaking ahead of his departure for...

Australia to take South Pacific leaders to UK royal funeral

Sep. 14, 2022 03:40 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tuvalu have accepted Australia’s help to fly representatives to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and other British Commonwealth island leaders could take up the offer, Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday. ...