Riots highlight China tensions (updated) – Penny Spiller

From BBC News (link)

Rioting in the Solomon Islands has highlighted sensitivities over Chinese business influences, both in the islands themselves and across the South Pacific.

When Solomon islanders took to the streets in protest at their new Prime Minister Snyder Rini, they targeted the Chinatown area of the capital Honiara.

The normally bustling main shopping street was pretty much razed to the ground.

The Chinese community in the South Pacific archipelago may be small – just a few thousand out of a population of about 500,000 – but it is significant.

See the latest statement by Chinese Foreign Ministry, “China takes all measures to protect its people in Solomon Islands” (link)

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