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Solomon Islands PM Blames ‘Other Powers’ for Anti-China Turmoil

  • Leader says recognition of Beijing only issue behind turmoil
  • Conflict shows remote region now part of global power play
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The leader of the Solomon Islands blamed “other powers” for anti-China riots as Australian troops were deployed to help quell the unrest. 

Divisions over the Pacific nation’s diplomatic recognition of China over Taiwan in 2019 was “the only issue” behind the conflict, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in a report published Friday. “Unfortunately, it is influenced and encouraged by other powers,” he said, adding: “I don’t want to name names, we’ll leave it there -- we know who they are.”