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Protests Rock Solomon Islands: Here’s What’s Behind the Unrest

Protests Rock Solomon Islands: Here’s What’s Behind the Unrest

Protests Rock Solomon Islands: Here’s What’s Behind the Unrest

By Yan Zhuang
November 25, 2021

Experts say discontent has simmered for decades between the two islands, mainly over a perceived unequal distribution of resources and a lack of economic support that has left Malaita one of the least-developed provinces in the island nation.

There has also been lingering dissatisfaction in Malaita over the central government’s decision in 2019 to switch diplomatic allegiances to Beijing from Taipei, Taiwan, a self-governing island that China claims as its territory.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Beijing of bribing Solomons politicians to abandon Taipei in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China under the Communist Party.

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