International Desk: The United States is reopening its embassy in the Solomon Islands in Oceania to reduce China's influence. A senior State Department official made the announcement on Saturday. News from The Guardian. The United States is strengthening its presence in Oceania as China's influence grows. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is scheduled to visit Fiji, a neighboring country of the Solomon Islands, an island nation of 800,000 people.
During his visit to Fiji, he will announce the opening of a new embassy in the Pacific island nation. The announcement came 29 years ago after the United States reduced its diplomatic presence in Honiara. In 1993, the United States closed its embassy in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. Now there is a US Consulate there.
Through this consulate, diplomatic activities are conducted in the country. Solomon also has a US embassy in Port Moresby, the capital of neighboring Papua New Guinea.
Violent and deadly riots erupted in November last year before the United States made such an announcement. The protesters then tried to vandalize the parliament. They then set fire to most parts of Chinatown in the capital, Honiara, for three days.