23 Sep 2020

China opens new embassy in Solomon Islands

From , 6:03 am on 23 September 2020

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Solomon Islands has marked what the prime minister referred to as putting the country on the "right side of history", with the official opening of China's embassy in Honiara.

One year ago Honiara decided to abandon 36 years of diplomatic relations with Taipei and side with Beijing. 

To mark the anniversary a flag raising ceremony was held on Monday in front of the new Chinese Embassy building in Honiara.

It was attended by Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, members of parliament and local dignitaries.

Beijing's first ambassador to the Pacific Island country, Li Ming, hosted the ceremony.

A senior Solomon Islands' journalist, Dorothy Wickham, was there and spoke to the programme about the significance of the occasion.
 

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare (left) with Li Ming, China's first ambassador to Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare (left) with Li Ming, China's first ambassador to Solomon Islands. Photo: George Herming - Government Communications Unit