Solomon Islands has a US embassy again, 30 years after Washington closed its last consulate, amid concerns about China’s growing influence in the region.
US reopens embassy in Solomon Islands to counter China
The United States has opened an embassy in the Solomon Islands in its latest move to counter China’s push into the Pacific.
The embassy in the capital, Honiara, is starting small, with a charge d’affaires, a couple of State Department staff and a handful of local employees.
The US previously operated an embassy in the Solomon Islands for five years before closing it in 1993 as part of a global reduction in diplomatic posts after the end of the Cold War.
But China’s bold moves in the region have the US seeking to increase its engagement in a number of ways, such as by donating COVID-19 vaccines, bringing back Peace Corps volunteers to several island nations, and investing in forestry and tourism projects.