60 Minutes Australia | China and the West in a battle for control of the Solomon Islands

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An investigation into the very determined battle between east and west to win hearts and minds of people in this strategically important Pacific nation.

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Synopsis | First Aid (2023) Over the past 15 years Australia has given the Solomon Islands more than three billion dollars in aid – far more than any other country has given. Without doubt the help is much needed, but whether it’s appreciated is another matter. It seems the Solomon Islands government is much more grateful for the far less aid it receives from China. In a special report for 60 MINUTES, Eryk Bagshaw, North Asia correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, travels to the Solomons to investigate the very determined battle between east and west to win hearts and minds in this strategically important Pacific nation.

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