Economic woes, not China, are at the heart of Solomon Islands riots

Terence Wood explained to the Financial Times that there are a lot of unemployed young men living in predominantly Malaitan settlements in Honiara who haven’t seen their lives improve in recent decades. “Services, infrastructure and employment opportunities — in other words development — needs to come to the Solomon Islands.”

But in a political system based on clientelism that is unlikely to happen. “Australia gave a lot of aid in the wake of ‘the tensions’,” said Wood. “But they couldn’t change the country’s underlying political economy.”

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