Chinese Embassy in Solomon Islands condemns violence, warns nationals of security risks
Published: Dec 05, 2021 09:33 PM
This photo shows aftermath of a looted street in Honiara's Chinatown, Solomon Islands, on November 28, 2021. Photo: VCG

This photo shows aftermath of a looted street in Honiara's Chinatown, Solomon Islands, on November 28, 2021. Photo: VCG

The Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands strongly has condemned the violence and expressed sincere sympathy to the stranded overseas Chinese as Chinese merchants and shops suffered from severe economic losses and hundreds of Chinese nationals became homeless due to the severe social riots in capital Honiara.

The embassy said in a statement late Sunday that it is allocating resources and coordinating overseas Chinese to help each other. 

"We also witnessed that during the darkest moment of the riot, the Solomon police did their duty faithfully and people from all walks of life help maintain social order," read the statement. 

The stable development of relations between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Solomon Islands has brought the people from the two countries actual benefits. China firmly supports the efforts of the Solomon Islands' government and people to stop violence and chaos, according to the statement.

Earlier on Sunday, the embassy urged Chinese nationals to stay on high alert to the local situation, strengthen security precautions and avoid risks and danger.

Security risks should not be underestimated despite the improved situation after the riots as some risks still persist, the embassy warned. The statement comes as the island is recovering from the recent riots that erupted in Honiara, capital of the southern Pacific nation.

The turmoil started on November 24 in the center of the capital city, and soon impacted Chinatown and the Chinese community in the city. 

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has advised the public in Honiara City and Guadalcanal Province that a liquor ban order will be enforced on Monday and Tuesday. 

A Chinese national surnamed Lin who is doing business in the Solomon Islands told the Global Times on Sunday that most Chinese merchants' shops will not open on Monday. The shop owners are worried riots might happen again as the opposition reportedly will launch a motion against the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. 

"At present, many Chinese nationals who suffered from property loss are homeless and have to live on relief offered by their fellow Chinese nationals," Lin said. 

The Motion of No Confidence against Sogavare is scheduled on Monday in the Solomon Islands National Parliament.

According to RSIPF Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau, officers of the RSIPF and their Regional counterparts will mount high visibility operations within the city.