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Devil’s Night
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Five months before Suidani’s appointment as premier, there had been a similarly complicated series of negotiations in Honiara for the position of prime minister. The national election was held in April 2019, but it would be several weeks before Manasseh Sogavare emerged victorious and once again assumed control of his nation. Meanwhile, Matthew Wale’s Solomon Islands Democratic Party, with eight MPs, forged a new grouping of its own, called the Grand Coalition. In making a case for the Switch, Fugui’s committee was not recommending anything out of step with much of the international community. Irrespective of whether the ultimate decision to switch from Taiwan to China was the right one, the murky process that led to such a major policy shift created discomfort in Solomon Islands. In May 2021, as Honiara’s presence in Beijing became formalised, Fugui was appointed Solomon Islands’ first ambassador to China.

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Divided Isles

Solomon Islands and the China Switch


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