Solomon Islands: China's island lease 'unlawful'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Solomon Islands government stated Thursday (Oct. 24) that a contract signed by one of its provinces to lease the entire island of Tulagi to China Sam Enterprise Group ...

Does it matter if Taiwan loses formal recognition?

In September 2019 both Solomon Islands and Kiribati ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan (formally the Republic of China), leaving the country with formal recognition from only 15 countries. This...

Son of Solomon Islands PM makes hasty retreat from Taiwan after diplomatic switch to China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After news broke that the Solomon Islands had cut ties with Taiwan in favor of communist China, a son of the island country's Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare allegedl...

Pence snubs Solomon Islands PM after country cuts ties with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has scuttled a meeting slated for this month with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare after the latter's country severed ties wi...

US disappointed in Solomon Islands' decision to break ties with Taiwan: AIT

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Tuesday issued a statement on the decision by the Solomon Islands’ government to break ties with Taiwan and establish relat...

Taiwan loses biggest Pacific ally as Solomons embraces China

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Taiwan has lost its largest ally in the Pacific after the Solomon Islands on Tuesday confirmed it is switching diplomatic allegiance to China, and observers say other Pa...

Taiwan says Solomon Islands switches recognition to China

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan says the Solomon Islands has switched diplomatic recognition to China. The Pacific Island nation is the latest to leave the dwindling Taiwan camp. Foreig...

Taiwan dispatches MOFA delegation to Solomon Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As concerns mount about a potential diplomatic break between the Solomon Islands and Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has dispatched a high-level delegation ...

Pledges by China often benefit interests of only few: MOFA

China likes to brag about its lavish financial pledges and flashy infrastructure aid, but often they end up benefiting the personal gains of only a few unscrupulous politicians, the Ministry of Foreig...

U.S. Vice President to discuss Taiwan ties with Solomon Islands leader

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the government of the Solomon Islands was meeting Friday (September 13) to discuss whether or not to switch ties from Taiwan to China, the subject was likely to come up...

Solomon Islands discusses whether to make diplomatic switch to China today

[Last update at 11:50 on Sept. 13] TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s longtime Pacific ally the Solomon Islands convened on Friday (Sept. 13) to discuss whether the country should switch d...

Solomon Islands prime minister says Taiwan 'completely useless to us'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In the strongest signal yet that the Solomon Islands is getting set to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said that Taiwan "is c...

Taiwan is Solomon Islands' exceptional partner: U.S. ambassador

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the Solomon Islands considers switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, the United States ambassador in the Pacific archipelago, Catherine Ebert-Gray, reco...

Solomon Islands yet to determine status of ties to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a move intended to quash rumors that the Solomon Islands is terminating its 36-year diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the foreign ministers of both countries held a press co...

President Tsai makes pitch to preserve Taiwan-Solomon Islands' ties

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with the Foreign Minister of the Solomon Islands Jeremiah Manele on Monday (Sept. 9) amid rumors that the government of Solomon Islands may soo...