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1 election in the tiny Solomon Islands has 2 major countries locked in a geopolitical standoff

The tiny island of Solomon in the Indo-Pacific continues to make the news from time to time. The main reasons for this are its vital situation and the security pact it has signed with China. Leaders of several countries have often flocked to the island since then. They don’t want an Indo-Pacific country to side with one and completely block other views.

China, meanwhile, is making every effort to make Solomon Islands a client state, once and for all. This time, the subject of concern is the national elections.

Source: The New York Times

“Sinicized” elections

The elections, which were due to be held in mid-2023, have now been postponed. The Solomon Islands government has decided to postpone its national elections and hold them after the Pacific Games in November 2023. This was done by passing controversial legislation proposed by the country’s Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare.

The legislation passed with 37 votes in favor, nine against and three MPs absent in the vote.

As a result of this most recent development, the 11th legislature will now end on December 31, 2023, and elections will take place at the end of April 2024.

The government’s flimsy justification was that it would be prohibitively expensive to pay for both the Games and the election in the same year.

Read more: China’s sinister plans to turn the Solomon Islands into a massive space launch site

Then came the twist

The whole storyline took a major turn when Australian Foreign Secretary Penny Wong made an offer: “We old friends of empire are happy to fund your election.”

The statement saw a dramatic response from Solomon Islands’ leaders, saying it was “an attack on their parliamentary democracy and direct foreign interference in their internal affairs.”

Parliament votes to move Solomon Islands general election after Pacific Games
Source: InsideTheGames

However, opposition MPs from Honiara saw the positives of the offer presented by Wong’s comments. According to Congressman Peter Kenilorea Jr. of the House Foreign Relations Committee, the offer was “generous” rather than “interfering”, and Sogavare’s anger is “unfortunate and extremely unnecessary.”

Matthew Wale, the leader of the opposition, also believes that Sogavare is trying to consolidate its position and is using the amendment measure as a diversion. This exposed the selfish goal of Sogavare and his government to cling to power.

“If we respect the mandate of the people and democracy and parliamentary processes, MPs should reject the election postponement bill. With Australian funding, there is no longer a need for the bill. Wale said.

Why does China want to postpone the elections?

China wants to postpone the elections so that the Sogavare regime can help Beijing strengthen its position in the Indo-Pacific. Manasseh Sogavare is a Chinese pigeon and his reign over the last three years has proven it. He developed a huge crush on puppies on China.

If it is recalled, Beijing established diplomatic relations with the Solomon Islands in 2019. However, China’s growing influence came to light when news spread that the nations had reached an agreement. secret security agreement.

Read more: The people of the Solomon Islands have decided to throw China and its poodle Prime Minister out of power

Australia’s opposition foreign affairs spokesman said the security pact was “the worst foreign policy mistake in the Pacific that Australia has experienced since the end of the Second World War”.

It has even been reported that China has opened a naval base in the Solomon Islands. This decision harmed the inhabitants of the islands.

Soon, the opaque partnership between Beijing and Honaira began to show its effects when the Solomon Islands denied docking permission for two international warships, enforcing their territorial rights.

According to reports, the British patrol boat HMS Spey and the American coastguard Oliver Henry have been forced to divert to other ports after taking part in a 10-day mission in 15 countries to deter illegal fishing in the region. Around this time, Sogavare castigated the navy ships, claiming that they failed to provide the required documents.

Solomon Islands not responding to US Coast Guard request for port visit, US says - CNN
Source: CNN

However, the world was pretty sure that action was being taken on China’s dictates. Several countries around the world, including Australia and the United States, fear that Sogavare is now ostensibly sitting in Xi Jinping’s lap. With their leader dancing to Beijing tunes, the people of the Solomon Islands must be far more concerned than the world.

Moreover, the illegal partnership between nations is not recognized by the people. For the anti-Chinese elements in the Solomon Islands, it has become clear that Beijing wants to colonize them, plunder their country and interfere in their internal affairs.

Several violent incidents against China in the recent past suggest that the islanders will not let China stay in their country forever and will do anything to repel the dragon.

Anti-Chinese activists in the Solomon Islands are therefore creating a hostile atmosphere in Beijing. They make it clear to Chinese nationals that a heavy price will have to be paid for their evil activities in the archipelago nation. It is a kind of warning for the Chinese: “Leave the Solomon Islands for your own good.

The Solomon Islands even had to ask for help from Australia to manage the protests. The current atmosphere suggests that even if Sogaware postpones the election, anti-establishment protests will erupt on the island. One thing can be concluded for sure from these events that Sogaware must soon go away.