The Chinese embassy in the country has responded with a note of dismay at news that the premier of Malaita province has made contact with Taiwan.
In a statement over the weekend, responding to questions seeking the Embassy’s comments on premier Daniel Suidani reportedly arriving in Taiwan for medical treatment, the Chinese embassy said:
“There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory.
“One-China principle is universally recognised norm of international relations and consensus of the international community.
“China’s position on Taiwan-related issues is consistent and clear.
“China firmly opposes any official contacts in any form between Taiwan and any officials from countries having diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.
“The Chinese side has already registered concerns with the government of Solomon Islands and hopes that the relevant issue be properly handled in accordance with One-China principle.”
There was no mention of the slightest concern for the health or medical status of the premier of Solomon Islands’ biggest province.