Provincial governments in Solomon Islands have started to weigh in on the national debate over whether to stay with Taiwan or switch diplomatic relations to China.
Earlier this week the Solomon Star reported Western Province premier David Gina saying he supported a switch to China and was looking to set up a relationship province to help smooth the transition.
The Malaita Provincial Assembly is expected to meet to consider its position.
But the mayor of the capital Honiara, Wilson Maemae, has come out cautioning provinces to stay out of the debate and leave the decision to central government.
Mr Maemae told the paper the issue was already highly polarised, and that he was fearful provincial governments taking sides could have a negative impact, especially in the capital, which is home to people from all provinces.
He said he trusted the national government would make the best decision for the future development of Solomon Islands and its people.