The Frontiers of History: China Discovers the Pacific’s Dark Colonial Legacy

Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Source: 總統府, Flickr

On a scorching hot afternoon in July 2023, the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manneseh Sogavare, met with President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People for the mandatory grip and grin for the cameras. China’s official media had made much of Sogavare’s visit, and he did not disappoint, remarking upon his arrival in China: ‘I am back home’ in a clip posted to Twitter by CGTN,[1] and later giving a fulsome interview on the same network in which he pronounced Xi a ‘great man’ ...

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