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International relations

China scores big win with Solomons switch from Taiwan

The move is a 'huge blow to Washington and Canberra'

The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing on Monday.

TAIPEI -- The decision by the Solomon Islands on Monday to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China is nothing short of a big win for Beijing. And Taipei is not the only loser.

"This move by the Solomon Islands is a huge blow to Washington and Canberra," said Amy Searight, senior adviser and director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Southeast Asia Program.

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