The prime minister’s visit comes after a fractious year between the two countries, including tensions over China’s role in the Pacific and the postponed election in Solomon Islands.
At the end of September, US President Jo Biden will host Pacific leaders at the White House – a sign the US is taking the region, and China’s role in it, more seriously.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare review an honor guard in Beijing.
Efforts by the Solomon Islands’ government to delay its federal election and ban ships from its ports have caused international concern.
For Pacific Islands, climate change trumps all other threats to their security. While they welcome Australia’s new emission targets, this is an issue of survival that demands greater ambition.
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The foreign minister’s trip to Solomon Islands was a difficult one, but while there was no big “win”, it also did not make things worse.
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To repair our relationship with the Pacific, the new government must make swift decisions addressing the climate emergency. But that’s just the starting point.
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What has Labor promised, and to what extent is this issue really an election game-changer?
Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft, preparing to land at Honiara International Airport, Solomon Islands.
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Labor has maintained unchanged its solid two-party leads in both Newspoll and the Australian Financial Review’s Ipsos poll.
Solomon Island Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a meeting in China in 2019.
There is a long history shaping the recent pact between China and the Solomons- and it should jolt Australia into rethinking its relationships in the Pacific region.
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A leaked draft security agreement seemingly proves Chinese spending ‘bought’ enough influence to get the Solomon Islands government. But such an interpretation misses two key issues.
It is way too simple to say the current unrest is just due to Solomon Islands’ new allegiance towards China.
Desperate for visitors to return, tourism-reliant Pacific nations are racing to re-open borders before Christmas. But will tourists feel safe enough to travel?
A reliance on local customary knowledge and practices helped people make a living and strengthened relationships with family and friends.
Rising sea levels are an urgent problem facing island nations across the Pacific.
Pacific countries are eager for assistance in securing their future, whether sourced from old friends like the US and Australia, or new enthusiasts like the Chinese.
The Australian funded Blackrock base in Fiji will be a regional hub for training of defence and security personnel.
Scott Morrison stepped up Australia’s engagement with the Pacific by visiting Vanuatu and Fiji last week and announcing a bilateral partnership with the latter. Here’s what he achieved.
This wood tower on Bikeman islet, in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, used to be on the sand. Now it’s in the water. Further out, locals fish.
A new study finds that even in best-case scenarios, the fishing communities most hurt by climate change are on small island nations such as Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and the Maldives.
Fish caught just outside the Marine Protected Area (MPA) area in Tikina Wai, Fiji.
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Melanesia’s oceans are worth at least US$5.4 billion, but are under increasing threat.
The Solomon Islands are low-lying and vulnerable to changes in sea level.
Sea levels are rising faster in the Solomon Islands – and send a warning for the rest of the world.
Artists’s impression of a Monkey-faced Bat (Genus Pteralopex)
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An expedition to the Solomon Islands to investigate rare monkey-faced bats and giant rats will help preserve these remarkable species.