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Riot in Chinatown, Solomon Islands, what is the background of the China-Taiwan battle?

A pro-Chinese government that broke up with Taiwan after being entangled in China money

A building destroyed by a mob in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands (November 26, 2021, Photo: AP / Afro)

(Kaori Fukushima: Journalist)

A large-scale anti-government protest turned into a mob in the Solomon Islands, an island nation in the South Pacific, and a curfew was issued in the capital last week. The main damage was in the Chinatown area of ​​the metropolitan area, where Chinese companies, stores and facilities were set on fire and looted, and at least three unidentified burned bodies were confirmed. At present, Australia and other countries have dispatched about 100 military police to maintain security, and the riot itself seems to have subsided, but political tensions continue to rise.


On November 24, the demonstration initially took place as an anti-government demonstration calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Sogavale. Why did it develop into the burning of Chinatown? It has been pointed out that there is a “diplomatic brawl” between China and Taiwan in the background, but why is that?

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Let me briefly explain the background.

The Solomon Islands, a multi-ethnic island with a population of about 700,000 and more than 100 tribal dialects, consisting of six major islands on the eastern side of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, became independent from British rule in 1978 and then became a domestic politician. Was intermittently unstable. In particular, the tribes of Malaita Island (Malaita Province), which has the largest population, and Guadalcanal Island (Guadalcanal Province), where the central government is located, were at odds with each other, and fierce tribal clashes continued from 1998 to 2003. In June 2000, there was a de facto political change by the former Finance Minister.


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