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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. Mar. 31) – Despite the Solomon Islands government’s long political support for Taiwan, the Solomons National and Labour Parties say they now recognise mainland China and its "One China" Principle.

A statement from the Opposition following the return of a delegation from a recent trip to China says this is one of the highlights of the trip.

That understanding was reached between the Communist Party of China and the National and Labour Parties of Solomon Islands.

Labour representative on the delegation and Opposition spokesman for Trade, Joses Tuhanuku, says with the booming economy of China at a rate of more than nine percent Solomon Islands has to immediately review its trade link with China with the aim to take advantage of any opportunity that huge economy may offer.

He says the consumption base of China's economy is so huge that it would make sense for Solomon Islands to improve its trade arrangements with the People's Republic.

Mr Tuhanuku says China is keen to invest in Solomon Islands provided the environment is right.

April 1, 2005

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