28 Aug 2019

Taiwan or China? Solomons 'leaving no stone unturned'

1:20 pm on 28 August 2019

The Solomon Islands prime minister says his government is "leaving no stone unturned" as it considers switching diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China.

Oliver Liao and Manasseh Sogavare

Oliver Liao and Manasseh Sogavare Photo: Office of the Solomon Islands Prime Minister and Cabinet

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 in aid to the prime minister.

Taiwan's annual contribution to constituency development funds is $US2,452,000, and MPs have been accused of misusing it.

Five hundred thousand is support for this year's National Population and Housing Census.

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