China takes over from Taiwan to fund Solomon Islands Pacific Games’ stadium

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says China will step in to fund a $AUD74 million stadium for the 2023 Pacific Games, in place of Taiwan.

He announced the funding on his return from China, a month after Solomon Islands ended diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Prime Minister Sogavare said the financing would be in the form of a grant.

“It’s the implementation of commitments of the understandings that we’ve signed with them,” Mr Sogavare said, in reference to five Memorandums of Understanding that he signed during his trip to China last week.

The Pacific Games is the largest sporting event in the region, with Solomon Islands to host it for the first time in 2023.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au

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