Solomon Islands

NOV 26

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Why in news?

  • Australia sends troops to the Solomon Islands, where anti-government protesters took to the streets in the capital, Honiara, for a second day running in defiance of a lockdown order.

About Solomon Islands:

  • Is a sovereign country consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Melanesia.
    • Melanesia  is a subregion of Oceania in the southwestern Pacific Ocean
  • Its capital, Honiara, is located on the largest island, Guadalcanal

Geographical features:

  • Archipelago of mountains, heavily forested volcanic islands (some active) and few low lying coral atolls

Chinese influence:

  • In 2019, a Beijing-based company which has close ties to the Chinese Communist Party has secured exclusive development rights for the entire island of Tulagi and its surroundings.
  • Tulagi is an island within the Solomon Islands
  • The Solomons cut ties to Taiwan and allied with Beijing just a few days before the Tulagi deal

Add ons:

  • The Solomon Islands are located directly between Australia and the U.S. and was the site of fierce battles during World War II.
  • Solomon Islands campaign (1942–1945) saw fierce fighting between the United States, Commonwealth forces and the Empire of Japan.

PRELIMS QUESTION

Consider the following pairs:

Places in news        : Region

1.Solomon Islands     : Pacific

2. Kiribati                    : Indian Ocean

3.Sicily                        : Mediterranean Sea

Which of the pairs given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1 and 3 only

Answer