Chinese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming, right, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attend the opening ceremony on Monday of the new Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands. Photo: Xinhua Chinese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming, right, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attend the opening ceremony on Monday of the new Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming, right, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attend the opening ceremony on Monday of the new Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands. Photo: Xinhua

As China opens embassy in Solomon Islands, a bitter feud over values fuels separatist bid

  • The Pacific Island nation’s diplomatic switch from Taipei to Beijing has aggravated existing divisions between central and local authorities
  • Its largest province of Malaita is seeking independence, revealing internal politics foreign powers must navigate in competition for influence

Topic |   Pacific nations
Chinese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming, right, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attend the opening ceremony on Monday of the new Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands. Photo: Xinhua Chinese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming, right, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attend the opening ceremony on Monday of the new Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming, right, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attend the opening ceremony on Monday of the new Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands. Photo: Xinhua
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