Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare meets Chinese leaders in Beijing this month. Photo: Reuters

Solomon Islands government says China’s island lease is unlawful

  • Deal between province and China Sam Enterprise Group made public soon after the Pacific nation switched diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing
  • It purportedly gives the Chinese conglomerate rights to build infrastructure on several islands
Topic |   US-China relations

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare meets Chinese leaders in Beijing this month. Photo: Reuters
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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
Topic |   Pacific nations

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