Lockdowns Fail As Solomon Islands Descend Into ‘Anti-China Riots,’ Australia Deploying Forces: Reports

Lockdowns Fail As Solomon Islands Descend Into ‘Anti-China Riots,’ Australia Deploying Forces: Reports


Australia is deploying forces to the Solomon Islands in an effort to squelch violent “anti-China riots” that are undermining the stability and security of the island nation’s 690,000 inhabitants.

“Rioters torch buildings and loot the smoldering rubble of shops in the Solomon Islands’ capital of Honiara, a third straight day of political violence as Australian peacekeeping troops begin to deploy,” AFP reported. The Solomon Islands implemented lockdowns to try to stop the violence, but they have failed.

While the Associated Press reported that it was not immediately clear what triggered the riots, Bloomberg News and The Washington Post reported that the riots were directly tied to the island nation’s decision to switch allegiances from Taiwan to communist China.

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Bloomberg News, which called the riots “anti-China riots,” explained:

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