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US Aid Pledge to Pro-Taiwan Solomon Islands Province Raises Eyebrows
October 23, 2020

US Aid Pledge to Pro-Taiwan Solomon Islands Province Raises Eyebrows

By Joshua Mcdonald
The $25 million in aid to Malaita has sparked concerns that Washington is aid for geopolitical gain vis-a-vis China.

How China and Taiwan Became ‘Pawns’ in Solomon Islands’ Internal Dispute
September 09, 2020

How China and Taiwan Became ‘Pawns’ in Solomon Islands’ Internal Dispute

By Grant Wyeth
The question of recognizing China vs. Taiwan has been weaponized in a long-standing dispute between Malaita and the central Solomon Islands government.
Cash-for-Passports in the South Pacific
April 10, 2020

Cash-for-Passports in the South Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Solomon Islands is considering a controversial investment for a passport scheme; meanwhile Vanuatu is considering scrapping its own version.

Perceiving China’s Influence in the Pacific: The Case of Solomon Islands
October 18, 2019

Perceiving China’s Influence in the Pacific: The Case of Solomon Islands

By Denghua Zhang
A closer look at the logic put forth by the Solomon Islands’ task force which examined the choice between Taiwan and China.

Taiwan Loses 2 Diplomatic Allies, Wins US Support Ahead of Crucial Presidential Election
September 26, 2019

Taiwan Loses 2 Diplomatic Allies, Wins US Support Ahead of Crucial Presidential Election

By Nick Aspinwall
The diplomatic defections of Kiribati and the Solomon Islands were followed by a strong statement of U.S. support for Taiwan.

US Blustering at Taiwan’s Departing Allies Won’t Work
September 25, 2019

US Blustering at Taiwan’s Departing Allies Won’t Work

By Jonathan Stutte
If the United States wants to defend Taiwan, it might consider avenues that refrain from signaling disregard for a delicate security architecture in the Pacific.

Taiwan Hosts Top Solomon Islands Official Amid Reports of a Diplomatic Switch to Beijing
September 10, 2019

Taiwan Hosts Top Solomon Islands Official Amid Reports of a Diplomatic Switch to Beijing

By Nick Aspinwall
Solomon islands foreign minister visits Taipei days after a report said a diplomatic switch to Beijing was imminent.
China and Taiwan on the Mind as Australia’s Morrison Heads to the Solomon Islands
May 29, 2019

China and Taiwan on the Mind as Australia’s Morrison Heads to the Solomon Islands

By Grant Wyeth
Finding a position respectful of Honiara that also maintains Canberra’s strategic desires will require a deft touch.

Riots in the Solomon Islands Greet Returned Prime Minister
May 01, 2019

Riots in the Solomon Islands Greet Returned Prime Minister

By Grant Wyeth
After a calm election, frustrations flared as Manasseh Sogavare returned, for the fourth time, to the prime ministership.

A Smooth Solomon Islands Election
April 05, 2019

A Smooth Solomon Islands Election

By Grant Wyeth
Although counting continues, it seems that the first post-RAMSI election has been a success.

Australia's Pacific Step-Up: More Than Just Talk
February 08, 2019

Australia's Pacific Step-Up: More Than Just Talk

By Grant Wyeth
Australia's Pacific outreach is picking up steam.
How Taiwan Competes With China in the Pacific
August 09, 2018

How Taiwan Competes With China in the Pacific

By Alexandre Dayant and Jonathan Pryke
Taiwan is an active player in the Pacific, home to many of its remaining diplomatic allies.

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