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Solomon Islands PM 'aware' of risks of Chinese debt

Government still considering merit of switching ties from Taipei to Beijing

The Solomon Islands has become the principal target in the region of Beijing's diplomatic effort to win away Taiwan's remaining allies. (Reuters/AP)

HONIARA, Solomon Islands -- As the Solomon Islands weighs whether to shift its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, the South Pacific nation's leadership is considering the experience of other countries which have taken on heavy debt from Beijing.

"Of course we read -- people have been reading about... the experience of Sri Lanka and Samoa," Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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