Solomon Islands

  • Global Commons

    Pacific Partnership 24-1 wraps final mission stop building humanitarian, disaster response

    FORUM Staff The numbers are impressive: 7,667 pairs of prescription glasses and at least 7,440 pairs of sunglasses distributed; more than 6,847 dental procedures completed; nearly 4,000 hours of construction project labor provided; 300 surgeries conducted; and 38 concerts performed. That is the final tally of Pacific Partnership 24-1, which ended its five-mission tour in January 2024 in Chuuk, Federated…

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  • Global Commons

    USNS Mercy delivering medical care, humanitarian assistance to Pacific islands

    FORUM Staff The United States Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is bringing doctors, dentists and other medical experts, as well as engineers and disaster response personnel, to the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau and the Solomon Islands. The deployment kicks off Pacific Partnership 2024, which began when USNS Mercy left its home port in San Diego, California, in October 2023 —…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    PRC buys ‘goodwill’ with Solomon Islands newspaper contribution

    FORUM Staff The cost of a new printer and radio broadcast tower has bought the People’s Republic of China (PRC) a promise of favorable coverage in the Solomon Islands’ leading newspaper, an investigation has found. The deal follows a secretive security pact signed by the countries in 2022 and the island nation switching its diplomatic allegiance from self-governed Taiwan to…

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  • Oceania

    Fiji investigates allegations of Chinese spying

    VOICE OF AMERICA Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka vowed to investigate whether the Chinese Communist Party spied on a senior Pacific leader while he visited the island nation. David Panuelo, outgoing president of the Federated States of Micronesia, alleged to his country’s legislature that Chinese agents followed him in Fiji. An outspoken Beijing critic, he also has accused the People’s…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIPUnited States Navy Adm. John Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

    USINDOPACOM Commander: U.S. will defend Indo-Pacific freedoms

    The Associated Press United States Navy Adm. John Aquilino, pictured, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said in March 2023 that Washington does not seek to contain the People’s Republic of China (PRC), nor seek conflicts in the region, but it would take action to support the region against coercion and bullying by authoritarian regimes. Speaking at a lecture in Singapore,…

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  • Key Issues

    U.S. Pacific strategy heralds new engagement in region

    The Associated Press The United States in late September 2022 unveiled a Pacific strategy to bolster U.S. engagement with more than a dozen island nations on issues including climate change and maritime security, while pledging to expand its diplomatic presence in the region. U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration released its strategy, as well as plans for U.S. $810 million in…

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  • Indo-Pacific

    U.S. Pacific strategy heralds new engagement in region

    The Associated Press The United States in late September 2022 unveiled a Pacific strategy to bolster U.S. engagement with more than a dozen island nations on issues including climate change and maritime security, while pledging to expand its diplomatic presence in the region. U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration released its strategy, as well as plans for U.S. $810 million in…

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  • Oceania

    Solomon Islands election delay raises concerns

    FORUM Staff Postponing the Solomon Islands’ general election is the most recent move that has observers questioning the Pacific Island government’s commitment to democracy and pondering its growing relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, pictured center, in early September 2022 called for rescheduling the election from 2023 to 2024, ostensibly so it…

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  • Key Issues

    U.S., allies gather in Solomon Islands to commemorate 80th anniversary of Battle of Guadalcanal

    United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific A United States interagency delegation traveled to Honiara, Solomon Islands, in early August 2022 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal and strengthen longstanding partnerships with the host nation, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman; Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific…

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  • Global Commons

    U.S. embarks on ‘new chapter’ with Pacific island nations

    FORUM Staff Pacific island nations and territories applauded United States Vice President Kamala Harris’ promise to intensify her nation’s presence in the region while committing to more than a half-dozen beneficial initiatives. Appearing virtually at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) annual meeting in mid-July 2022, Harris, pictured, said the U.S. will embark on a new chapter in its partnership…

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