Taiwan or China? Solomons ‘leaving no stone unturned’
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