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PM Sogavare: Ties with China 'put Solomon Islands on the map'


Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare hailed his government's decision to establish diplomatic relations with China, which he said "put Solomon Islands on the map."

Sogavare made the remarks during a speech at a campaign rally recently held in Auki, Malaita Province. He is currently the favorite to win the national election on April 17.

"Our party's superior understanding of the new political reality has allowed me to make astute foreign policy decisions. Knowing what will come, our party will not back away from making those decisions," he said.

The Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations with China in 2019.

Sogavare also spoke highly of China's socialist system, saying that "the values they uphold, once you hear about these values, you'll be truly shocked," reported ABC News.

"You don't see beggars in China asking for money, (but you) see that in every major city in the United States, (and) it's supposed to be the No. 1 economy in the world," Sogavare was quoted by ABC News as saying.

Sogavare attributed the rapid development of China's economy to its socialist system.

Citing Sogavare's speech, the South China Morning Post reported that the prime minister believed the socialist system of governance embraced by China has fueled the country's economic progress. 

(Cover: Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Maanasseh Sogavare speaks at a press conference in Honiara, Solomon Islands, July 17, 2023. /CFP)

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