Tai­wan or China? Solomons ‘leav­ing no stone un­turned’

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Ho­niara: The Solomon Is­lands Prime Min­is­ter says his gov­ern­ment is “leav­ing no stone un­turned” as it con­sid­ers switch­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions from Tai­wan to China. Manasseh So­gavare gave the mes­sage to Tai­wan’s ambassador, Oliver Liao, this week in Ho­niara. Mr So­gavare said a de­ci­sion will be made in the best in­ter­ests of the Solomon Is­lands and its cit­i­zens.

The men dis­cussed the is­sue af­ter Mr Liao had presented $US2.95 mil­lion (FJ$ 6.44m) in aid to the Prime Min­is­ter. Tai­wan’s an­nual con­tri­bu­tion to con­stituency de­vel­op­ment funds is $US2,452,000 (FJ$ 5,359,507), and MPs have been ac­cused of mis­us­ing it.

Five hun­dred thou­sand is sup­port for this year’s Na­tional Pop­u­laSo­gavare.tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus.

Tai­wan’s Ambassador to the Solomon Is­lands Oliver Liao and Prime Min­is­ter Manasseh

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