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Solomon Islands

Country in the southwestern Pacific

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Solomon Islands: Country in the southwestern Pacific
Solomon Islands is a sovereign state consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). The country's capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The country takes its name from the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a collection of Melanesian islands that also includes the North Solomon Islands, but excludes outlying islands, such as Rennell and Bellona, and the Santa Cruz Islands.

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Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: EMSC

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said http://bit.ly/2GodlxB on Monday.
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U.S. establishes foothold in Solomons as Chinese interests expand

The premier of Malaita province in the Solomon Islands says the United States and its regional allies have pledged to develop a deep-sea port and will be invited to patrol its territory, creating a..
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Chinese land deal in Solomon's Guadalcanal disrupts access to WWII site

The battle fields of Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, draw visitors from the United States and its war allies, as well as those from Japan, decades after the bloody campaign in the South Pacific..
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China cites 'early harvest' benefits in Guadalcanal deal

Chinese companies will build and control power and port facilities, roads, rail and bridges on Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, as part of an $825 million deal to revive an abandoned gold mine,..
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China downplays Solomon island lease debacle, tells U.S. to stay out

There is nothing unusual about Chinese companies experiencing issues when investing in Pacific island states or elsewhere, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, after a rebuffed attempt by a..
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Solomon government says Chinese company's lease of island 'unlawful'

The Solomon Islands government said a deal signed by one of its provinces to lease the entire island of Tulagi to a Chinese company is unlawful and should be terminated, a move applauded by United..
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China, Solomon Islands sign deals under new diplomatic ties

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Wednesday and signed several agreements in the first official visit since the two countries established..
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Australia to help Solomons build security infrastructure project

Australia will help the Solomon Islands build a border and patrol boat outpost, the prime ministers of the two countries said on Monday, as they hailed their security cooperation and friendship.
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China's Pacific influence grows as it signs up new friend in Solomon Islands

China and former Taiwan ally the Solomon Islands established diplomatic ties on Saturday in a sign of Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific that has angered Washington, with a top Chinese diplomat..
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China, Solomon Islands establish ties as Taiwan's allies dwindle

China and the Solomon Islands signed an agreement on Saturday to establish diplomatic ties after the Pacific island nation ditched relations with Taiwan, which Beijing claims as a Chinese province and..
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Exclusive: Pence rebuffs Solomon Islands PM after nation cuts ties with Taiwan

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has declined to meet Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare after the nation cut ties with Taiwan in favor of China this week, a senior U.S. administration..
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Solomons to have 'unprecedented' development opportunities, China says

The Solomon Islands will have unprecedented development opportunities now that it has ditched ties with Taiwan in favor of China, Beijing said on Tuesday, a major victory for China in its campaign to..
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Taiwan says China meddling with elections after Solomon Islands cuts ties

Taiwan accused China on Monday of trying to influence its presidential and legislative elections after the Solomon Islands cut off ties with Taipei.
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Solomon Islands breaks ties with Taiwan after Chinese 'dollar diplomacy'

The Solomon Islands' government has cut official ties with Taiwan in a new blow to President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election in January amid rising tension with China.
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Taiwan president condemns China's 'dollar diplomacy' as Solomon Islands switches allegiance to Beijing

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday condemned China's "dollar diplomacy" to squeeze the self-ruled island's international space after the Solomon Islands switched allegiance to Beijing.
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Solomon Islands votes to cut ties with Taiwan amid China tension: official media

The Solomon Islands' government has voted to cut official ties with Taiwan, its official Central News Agency reported on Monday, as China puts pressure on countries that continue to maintain diplomatic..
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Solomons task force recommends switch from Taiwan to Beijing

A Solomon Islands task force recommended to the government on Friday that the South Pacific archipelago sever its long-standing ties with Taiwan and normalize diplomatic relations with Beijing.
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U.S. officials urge caution as Solomons considers cutting Taiwan link

U.S. officials have warned the Solomon Islands to be wary of Chinese funding promises and not to be pressed into cutting ties with Taiwan, in comments highlighting increasing big-power competition for..
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Solomon Islands says 'business as usual' with Taiwan as it mulls diplomatic switch to China

Solomon Islands said on Monday that its diplomatic ties with Taiwan were stable, giving the assurance even as China woos the Pacific nation with a development fund if it switches alliance from Taipei..
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Taiwan warns Solomon Islands of China 'debt trap' in diplomatic switch

Taiwan on Friday warned the Solomon Islands which intends to switch diplomatic ties to China that such a move had left some Pacific nations in a "debt trap".
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Solomon Islands to sever ties with Taiwan, shift alliance to Beijing

The Solomon Islands intends to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and align itself with Beijing, the leader of a high-level government team representing the South Pacific archipelago has said.
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Beijing offers development fund if Solomon Islands breaks ties with Taiwan: government

China is offering to bankroll a development fund for the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific if it switches diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing, a parliamentary committee in the small island nation..
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Solomon Islands eyes shift in diplomatic ties to China from Taiwan

The Solomon Islands, one of Taiwan's few remaining diplomatic allies, has formed a team of ministers to talk to Beijing ahead of a possible switch in ties that could be unveiled as early as this week,..
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Solomon Islands plans due diligence tour on Taiwan ties

The Solomon Islands, one of Taiwan's remaining allies in the Pacific, will send a delegation to study Chinese aid in neighboring countries as it considers a potential diplomatic switch to Beijing, the..
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Australia PM in Solomon Islands to build ties with eye on China

Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived in the Solomon Islands on Sunday, the first visit by an Australian leader in more than a decade as Western nations seek to rein in China's influence in the..
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