Archive for the ‘Solomon Islands’ Category

Solomons Shows It’s Not Easy for China, U.S. to Woo Some Small Nations

Via Nikkei Asia, a look at how China and the U.S. are subject to political vagaries in the Solomon Islands: Chinatown in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, still bears scars two years after demonstrators demanding that the pro-China government step down in November 2021 turned riotous. But perhaps ironically, China’s involvement in the […]

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Google Will Run Internet Cables To Pacific Islands

Via Australia’s Financial Review, a report that Google signed a $102m Aussie-US deal to run internet cables to Pacific islands: Alphabet’s Google will run undersea cables powering internet access to at least eight Pacific island nations under a joint US-Australian deal set to be announced on Wednesday, according to a US official. The deal will […]

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America Is Winning Against China in Oceania

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, analysis on why there may be less to Beijing’s security gains in the Pacific than meets the eye: April 20, 2022, was a dark day for the United States in Oceania. On that day, China signed its first-ever security agreement in the South Pacific, with the Solomon Islands authorizing Chinese navy […]

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China boosts South Pacific influence with Solomon Islands port deal

Via Channel News Asia, an article on a recent Chinese port deal in the Solomon Islands: A state-backed Chinese company has won a contract to develop a key Solomon Islands port, a major victory in Beijing’s quest to gain a strategic toe-hold in the South Pacific. Solomon Islands’ government on Tuesday (Mar 21) announced that […]

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US Opens Embassy in Solomon Islands to Counter China

Via AP News, a report on U.S. efforts to re-engage Solomon Islands to counter China: The United States opened an embassy in the Solomon Islands on Thursday in its latest move to counter China’s push into the Pacific. The embassy in the capital, Honiara, is starting small, with a chargé d’affaires, a couple of State […]

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Australia, China and the Judgment of the Solomons

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at the geopolitical and economic importance of the Solomon Islands: If you wanted to nominate a country in the world with zero strategic significance, the Solomon Islands might sound like a good shout. An archipelago of almost 1,000 islands in the southern Pacific with a total population of […]

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