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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Solomon Islands government prefer diplomatic relationship with Taiwan

Foreign Affairs minister Patteson Oti says the Grand Coalition for Change government's policy statement recognises the Republic of china on Taiwan as Solomon Islands diplomatic ally.

The Foreign Minister's comments follow speculations that Solomon Islands may switch its diplomatic allegiance to Mainland China.

But Mr Oti says the fact remains that Solomon Islands maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

In a statement, Mr Oti says a political party in the coalition that speaks outside the scope of the government's policy statement does not represent the official government policy on the two Chinas.

He says whilst Solomon Islands trade with mainland China is quite substantial, it does not constitute Solomon Islands' recognition of a policy shift towards Mainland China.

He says the diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Solomon Islands are based on their firm beliefs in democratic principles and values.

source: SIBC Online


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