Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare inaugurated the Solomon Islands Embassy in Beijing, China, reaffirming the strong and unwavering relations between the two countries. The opening ceremony was attended by government ministers, representatives from the business community, Solomon Islands community members, and students studying in China, among other distinguished guests. His Excellency Wang Yi, Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, was also present.
In his address, Prime Minister Sogavare emphasized the significance of the embassy’s opening, stating that it solidifies Solomon Islands’ recognition of the “One China Principle” and strengthens engagements with China across all levels. He underscored that there is only one China in the world, with Taiwan being an integral part of it. The prime minister highlighted the growing bilateral cooperation between the two nations, including their participation in various international frameworks and initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative. China has become Solomon Islands’ largest infrastructure and trading partner.
The Solomon Islands government is in the process of appointing a new Head of Mission for the embassy, which will be announced once all formalities are completed. The prime minister expressed that the embassy’s presence in Beijing signifies the country’s progress and prosperity in an interconnected world.
Solomon Islands established formal relations with China nearly four years ago, making it the 179th country to do so. Presently, 182 out of the 193 UN member states maintain relations with China, adhering to the principles of the UN Charter.
Additionally, Prime Minister Sogavare paid tribute to the late John Moffat Fugui, the former Head of Mission, acknowledging his service and contributions to the country and its people. The embassy opening coincided with the celebration of Solomon Islands’ 45th Independence by the Solomon Islands Community in Beijing.
Source: OPMC Press Secretariat