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World riots to Solomon: Beijing is alarmed for Chinese interest

14:45  25 november  2021
14:45  25 november  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

Solomon Islands 'drifting to self-destruction' before unrest in capital

  Solomon Islands 'drifting to self-destruction' before unrest in capital Australian police have touched down in the Solomon Islands amid calls for calm and demands for the Prime Minister to resign.About 40 Australian Defence Force personnel and a navy ship are due to join Australian Federal Police officers later today in a peace-keeping role as local authorities struggle to control unrest experts say stems from a complex web of issues.

  Emeutes aux Salomon: Pékin s'alarme pour les intérêts chinois © AFP

D Es New riots shook Thursday Solomon islands, bringing the Australia to deploy a peacekeeping force, on The background of rivalry between the China and Taiwan, while Beijing is alarmed for its interests in this Pacific archipelago.

The Solomon Islands, which since 1983 had diplomatic ties with Taiwan, chose in 2019 to break with the territory to recognize the communist power in Beijing as a legitimate representative of China.

The Asian giant, which considers Taiwan as one of its provinces, although it does not control the island of 23 million inhabitants, makes it a prerequisite for the establishment of diplomatic relations with other countries.

What powers and immunity will Australian forces have while deployed in Solomon Islands?

  What powers and immunity will Australian forces have while deployed in Solomon Islands? Australia is putting troops on the ground in Solomon Islands after violent protests erupted in the Pacific nation. What powers and immunity will they have?Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Australian Federal Police and Defence Force troops are there to provide "security and stability", but not to interfere in the country's internal affairs.

The decision of the Government of the Solomon Islands had therefore caused the resentment of part of the population that had close relations with Taipei.

Wednesday, hundreds of people demonstrated to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Manassah Sogavare, before going to the Chinese district of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands.

The protesters burned a police station and looted businesses, until police intervention with tear gas.

A curfew has been imposed. But despite the prohibition of going out, protesters are again descended on Thursday.

"There are several things that move, it's very tense," said AFP a resident of Honiara who did not wish to be identified, while local media report looting and Use of tear gas.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister blames foreign powers for civil unrest that prompted call to Australia for help

  Solomon Islands Prime Minister blames foreign powers for civil unrest that prompted call to Australia for help Protests in the capital Honiara quickly spiralled out of the control of local police, with arson and looting in the Chinatown district and the city centre, and crowds threatening to disrupt Parliament. A mixture of grievances have fuelled the protests, but the government's decision in 2019 to switch diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China is the main source of the conflict.Speaking to the ABC from Honiara, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stood by the decision to terminate diplomatic relations with Taipei, despite fierce and sustained criticism.

This witness said he saw the police install roadblocks. Without any sign of lull on the side of the riots, more than 24 hours after the start of the disorders in front of Parliament.

Australia at the rescue

China has expressed its "big concern" for its interests in Solomon.

"We are asking the Government of the Solomon Islands to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals and Chinese entities," said Beijing, Zhao Lijian.

Prime Minister Sogavar, who lamented Wednesday a "sad and unhappy event aimed at bringing down a democratically elected government," said he would stay in power.

of the protesters from the neighboring island of Malaita would have taken part in these violence to protest the decision, in 2019, to transfer his diplomatic recognition of Taiwan to China.

Australia, Large neighbor of Solomon Located at 1,500 kilometers, will deploy a peacekeeping force, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday.

Here's what Australian forces will be doing in Solomon Islands amid internal unrest

  Here's what Australian forces will be doing in Solomon Islands amid internal unrest Here's why Australia is stepping in on the unrest in Solomon Islands, and what our servicemen and women will be doing in the Pacific nation. What will our armed forces be doing?Australia has sent AFP and ADF personnel to Honiara, primarily to protect critical infrastructure and support local police.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an initial 23 AFP officers were deployed "to support riot control".

"Our goal is to ensure stability and security," he said, claiming to receive a request for assistance from Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Solomon, independent of the

Great Britain since 1978, had sunk in inter-ethnic violence in the early 2000s. New tensions resulted in the deployment between 2003 and 2013 of a directed peacekeeping force. by Australia.

of the riots broke out in the Chinese district of Honiara during the 2006 legislative elections, following rumors according to the companies close to Beijing had rigged the vote.

The Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Wale, urged Mr. Sogavar to the resignation, ensuring that the disorders would not cease with a police curfew.

"Unfortunately, the frustrations and anger of the people against the Prime Minister spread over uncontrollably in the streets, where opportunists benefit from the situation," he said in a statement obtained by AFP.

25/11/2021 10:43:36 - Honiara (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

Solomon Islands: Fiji send 50 soldiers, the Red Cross fears a shortage of food .
nearly 200 foreign soldiers and police officers participate in a peacekeeping force on the Solomon Islands, where protesters tried to fire the fire. Parliament and the domicile of the Prime Minister. © Provided by FranceInfo The Fiji Islands will participate in the international peacekeeper led by Australia in the Solomon Islands. Prime Minister Fijien, Frank Bainimarama, announced, Sunday, November 28, a first shipment of 50 soldiers to bring back the order after riots in Honiara, the capital.

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