Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

Chinese firm will lease part of Solomon Islands after Taiwan ties severed

  • Tulagi island, which has a natural deep water harbour, will be leased by the China Sam Group
  • The deal mentions developing a refinery on the island, but its potential for dual use as military base will concern the US and Australia

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP
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