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Solomon Islanders worried about Beijing’s influence

Staff writer, with CNA in HONIARA

Whether the politicians would listen to public opinion “is a big challenge,” he added.

Politicians “may have their own agenda” and they are the ones who have the final say in politics, he added.

China has been trying to solicit the support of more local politicians, he said.

“In doing that, they have been encouraging politicians to visit China. They have sent people who have close relationships with the Chinese to talk to MPs,” he added.

However, what concerns him most about China’s promised investment is that it could cause the nation to fall into a debt trap, as has happened to other diplomatic allies of Beijing in the region, Iroga said.

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