Pragmatist, Puppetmaster or Puppet?

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare meets the Vice Chairman of China International Development Cooperation Agency, Tang Wenghong (Photo: Supplied)

“Tonight we take the first step in telling our story to the whole world.”

That was Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s declaration when opening the region’s premier sporting competition, the Pacific Games, in Honiara just weeks ago.

Standing on the podium at the colourful opening ceremony, the Islands Business 2023 Pacific Person of the Year knew there was a lot at stake. His reputation rested on the successful hosting of the Games, given the very visible Chinese government support of the event, and deferment of the national election to accommodate . . .

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