The aftermath of a looted street in Honiara’s Chinatown, Solomon Islands. Photo: AP
The aftermath of a looted street in Honiara’s Chinatown, Solomon Islands. Photo: AP

Is US-China struggle behind Solomon Islands riots – or ‘just icing on the cake’?

  • Some say switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing has fuelled resentment of Chinese influence. Others say the US is fomenting a colour revolution
  • But violence has long dogged the islands. Grievances over corruption, exploitation of natural resources by other countries and Covid-19 have all played a part too

Topic |   Pacific nations
The aftermath of a looted street in Honiara’s Chinatown, Solomon Islands. Photo: AP
The aftermath of a looted street in Honiara’s Chinatown, Solomon Islands. Photo: AP
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