Why the Solomon conflict is related to the CCP

Translation and commentary: Jenny Ball
Editor: peacelv

On November 26, 2021, people walked through the Chinatown district of Honiara, Solomon Islands. After the third day of violence, the home of Prime Minister Solomon was attacked. (CHARLEY PIRINGI/AFP via Getty Images)

Large-scale protests have erupted in the Solomon Islands since Wednesday (November 24). The protesters demanded that the prime minister step down, and destroyed a number of CCP-funded enterprises, causing global concern. What is the reason behind this conflict? What is the relationship with the CCP and Taiwan? Why did Australia get involved and provide security personnel to Solomon?

In recent days, protesters have attacked the National Assembly in Honiara, the capital of Solomon, and set fire to a police station and buildings in Chinatown. A large number of Chinese companies have been destroyed. As the protest continues, the Solomon Islands government has declared a curfew and advised all civil servants to stay at home.

Thousands of demonstrators ignored the previous 36-hour curfew and took to the streets to demand the resignation of Solomon Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

On Friday (November 26), protesters tried to rush into Sogavare’s private house and set fire to a building behind it. The authorities also issued a new curfew on Friday, which will start at 7 pm until 6 am the next morning. A government statement said: “During this period, only authorized personnel can operate in the city.”

In response to the increasing turmoil, Prime Minister Sogavare accused political opponents of spreading dissent against the government and inciting anti-CCP China sentiment. Sogavare also played down the deep economic problems behind the country’s recent crisis.

The Background of Conflicts

The violence broke out in part because the people were dissatisfied with the Sogavare government and the long-standing hostility between Malaita, the most populous province of Solomon, and the central government.

Due to the conflict, the Australian Defence Force intervened through the Solomon Islands Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) in 2003 until it withdrew in 2017.

Australian media Brisbane Times reported that the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak last year has increased the ethnic and regional tensions between Solomon’s capital Honiara and Maleta.

Employment opportunities in Solomon Islands are limited, and young people believe that their government has been captured by foreign interest groups and has failed to provide social services. The inequality between the political elite and the majority of citizens is widening. This makes people feel dissatisfied.

In addition, the residents of Maretta have long complained that their islands are being ignored by the central government-when Sogavare suddenly switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing and broke diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 2019, the differences intensified.

Solomon Prime Minister Sogavare claimed that after the Solomon Islands broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 2019 and turned to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing, the anti- CCP sentiment promoted by his political opponents has led to the current tense conflict.

“This is the sole problem,” Sogavare told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Friday, “They (the protesters) do not encourage the Solomon Islands to establish diplomatic relations and comply with international law and UN resolutions.”

What does this conflict have to do with Beijing and Taiwan?

ABC News pointed out that the rift between the central government and Marletta is deepening. One of the core factors is foreign policy, which sounds a bit surprising.

Before 2019, Solomon Islands was one of the few countries that had diplomatic relations with Taipei instead of Beijing. But in 2019, the government decided to switch to establishing diplomatic relations with the CCP. The Sogavare government believes that this decision will prompt the CCP to provide more economic assistance and investment in infrastructure projects. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Beijing of bribing Solomon Islands politicians to abandon Taipei.

Maretta is very supportive of Taiwan. The governor of the province, Daniel Suidani, has been strongly criticizing this decision of the central government. Ed Cavanough, a geopolitical researcher in the South Pacific, said there is evidence that there is still some form of relationship between Marletta and Taiwan.

During the pandemic, Taiwan provided Marletta with COVID-19 assistance, such as PPE and food assistance. Sudani went to Taipei in June to receive treatment for suspected brain tumors, which triggered strong condemnation from the CCP Embassy in Honiara.

Sudani later stated that he would reject any CCP investment in Malaita province and accused the CCP of foreign interference.

Cavano said that Sudani’s continued opposition to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the central government and Beijing also helped him build an “incredible” political reputation in the province of Malaita.

“We strongly oppose China’s communist ideology and investment.” Solomon Times quoted Sudani as saying in May last year.

Although Prime Minister Solomon Sogavare said that the decision to formally establish relations with Beijing put the Solomon Islands on the “right side of history.” But not everyone agrees, and opposition politicians strongly criticized this move.

In August 2019, a group of senior dignitaries issued an open letter condemning this transformation of the relationship.

We believe that the long-term interests of our country lie in Taiwan, not the People’s Republic of China. “The letter reads. Long-term interests refer to Solomon’s development aspirations and respect for democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law, and human dignity.

The letter also warned that establishing a relationship with Beijing may “damage” the land rights, rule of law, and cultural heritage of the Solomon Islands.

“We have learned important lessons from many countries, including our region, that have fallen into a serious debt trap by succumbing to the temptation of China (the CCP).”

The government’s security forces have been unable to stop the Honiara protests. These protesters called on the government to respect the right of self-determination of the people of Marletta, restrict contact with CCP China, and resume development projects in the province of Marletta.

The CCP condemns Solomon’s protest

At a regular press conference on Friday, the spokesperson of the CCP’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian condemned the Solomon protests. He said that CCP pays great attention to the current developments in the Solomon Islands, condemns the violent acts that have caused serious damage and property losses, and supports the efforts of the Solomon government to “stop violence and restrain chaos.”

He also said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties, CCP China-Solomon relations have made great progress, and the pragmatic cooperation between the two sides has achieved fruitful results in various fields, and has received the sincere support and support of the Solomon people.

However, the Washington Post quoted Jonathan Pryke, director of the Pacific Islands Program at the Lowe Institute’s International Policy Think Tank, as saying that it is too early to judge whether the Solomon Islands will benefit economically from the establishment of diplomatic relations with Beijing. The Solomon Islands closed its borders throughout the pandemic, which restricted Beijing’s participation.

Why is Australia involved?

In 2017, Australia and the Solomon Islands signed a treatyallowing the Solomon Islands to request the intervention of the Australian Armed Forces and the Federal Police in the event of civil strife.

Sogavare issued this request to Australia on Thursday because the turbulent situation has exceeded the control of the local police.

Australia sent 43 military personnel on Friday and 23 federal police officers to Honiara, the capital of Solomon, on Thursday. It is expected that another 50 personnel will be deployed in the next few days to “support the security of critical infrastructure.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that Australia will provide “stability and security so that the normal constitutional procedures of the Solomon Islands can continue.” Australia has no intention of interfering in the internal affairs of the Solomon Islands in any way, “this should be resolved by them.”

Commentary: CCP’s evil is the core reason set the surge of conflict against mainlanders. This is why from the very beginning of whistle blower’s movement, Miles insisted to distinguish CCP from the Chinese people and from China. CCP enslaved 1.4billion Chinese and kidnap the land of China to blackmail the world.

Also it is why Miles is so concerned that the world trend of anti-CCP totalitarian would eventually have collateral damage to Chinese overseas. Wake up, Chinese around the world, time for us to stand up strong to the CCP regime to avoid being victims of CCP’s perish.

Source of article: hk.epochtimes.com

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