Australia offered to pay for the island country's election, which will likely be delayed due to supposed budgetary concerns. The Solomon Islands now says this offer is "inappropriate" amid deepening ties with Beijing.
The Solomon Islands in the South Pacific is planning a security agreement with China. But the prospect of Chinese warships based less than 2,000 kilometers off the Australian coast has set alarm bells ringing in the region.
A leaked document suggests the Chinese military could establish a presence on the Solomon Islands under a new security pact. Australia and New Zealand have reacted to the plan with unease.
27 Nov 2021
Protesters in the Solomon Islands called on the prime minister to resign as riots took place for a second day. Australia said it would send a peacekeeping force to the Pacific nation seized by inter-island tension.
26 Nov 2021
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the protesters involve in riots were being misled by foreign powers. Meanwhile, Australian troops have arrived in the capital to help local enforcement restore order.