Solomon Islands

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China and Australia must not turn Solomon Islands into a gun state again
There are many things we need more than high-powered weapons – and we remember what happened last time police lost control of their guns

Dorothy Wickham in Honiara

05, Nov, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Australia delivers police vehicles and rifles to Solomon Islands in ‘game-changer’ donation
Handover ceremony comes after turbulent year when Pacific country signed controversial security agreement with China

Kate Lyons

02, Nov, 2022 @8:26 AM

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Record support during Covid and declining funding from China: what new data on Pacific aid reveals
Lowy Institute’s Pacific Aid Map charts thousands of projects and activities from 67 donor entities, including Australia and the US

Jon Letman

30, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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First Solomon Islands police head to China for training amid deepening security ties
Thirty-four officers travel to China as part of effort to improve cooperation between the two forces

Kate Lyons

12, Oct, 2022 @5:46 AM

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Albanese meets Solomons PM – as it happened
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Cait Kelly and Natasha May

06, Oct, 2022 @8:09 AM

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‘End of an era’: how the Queen’s funeral was seen around the world
From Melbourne to Paris, New York to Delhi, the solemn events in London resonated around the globe

Cait Kelly, Kim Willsher, Adam Gabbatt, Caroline Kimeu, Hannah Ellis-Petersen, David Smith and Georgina Maka'a

19, Sep, 2022 @2:24 PM

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Tears, candles and a farewell to ‘boss lady’: the world mourns Queen Elizabeth II
From the UK to the Commonwealth and beyond, admirers are paying their respects to the longest reigning monarch in British history

Ben Doherty in Sydney and Sam Jones

09, Sep, 2022 @3:05 PM

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Flags at half-mast and a complicated colonial legacy: Pacific countries remember the Queen
Eleven Pacific countries are part of the Commonwealth, though many have become young republics in the last few decades

Georgina Maka'a in Honiara, Angus Delaney in Suva and Ginny Stein in Port Vila

09, Sep, 2022 @4:22 AM

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Solomon Islands to delay election as PM tells Australia to ‘get ready’ to fund vote
Manasseh Sogavare pushed for the election to be delayed, saying country could not host election and Pacific Games in the same year

Georgina Maka'a in Honiara

08, Sep, 2022 @11:41 PM

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Solomon Islands to ban foreign journalists who are not ‘respectful’ – report
PM office says journalists cannot operate in the Pacific as they do in other countries, accusing Australia’s ABC of ‘racial profiling’ in China coverage

Guardian staff

25, Aug, 2022 @2:51 AM

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Solomon Islands secures $100m China loan to build Huawei mobile towers in historic step
This will be the first loan from China since the Pacific country switched allegiance from Taiwan in 2019

Georgina Kekea in Honiara

19, Aug, 2022 @12:43 AM

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Solomon islanders greet plan to delay election with scepticism and anger
Across the capital, Honiara, people are unimpressed with the government’s argument that it can’t host an election and a sporting event in the same year

Georgina Maka'a in Honiara

12, Aug, 2022 @8:00 PM

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