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Beijing embraces Solomon Islands after switch from Taipei

Xi calls Pacific nation an extension of 'Maritime Silk Road'

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare walk past the Chinese honor guard in Beijing on Oct. 9.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The prime minister of the Solomon Islands was greeted here Wednesday by Chinese President Xi Jinping with promises of economic development, just a month after the Pacific nation broke relations with Taiwan in favor of the mainland.

"The Solomon Islands is located on the southern extension of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road," Xi said. He called for cooperation between the two countries to "open up a bright future for the development of the bilateral relationship."

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