82). Therefore, the diplomatic relations of Australia with the Solomon Islands have essential role in the peace keeping process of the nation as well as the region. To analyze the background information of the Solomon Islands, the British Government established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in 1893 and they provided some of the bloodiest land, sea and air battles of World War II from 1942 to 1945. The land achieved independence in 1976 following the struggles by the indigenous people after World War II. In a careful analysis of the history of the Solomon Islands, it becomes lucid that political instability was a ground reality from its establishment and the diplomatic relations of Australia played a significant role in this context. Various political situations and developments in the Solomon Islands required the intervention of a political power such as Australia and it has been seriously involved in working to promote stability and growth in the nation and the region. In this paper, Australia's deep and longstanding relationship with the Solomon Islands is analyzed in detail in order to determine the various aspects of the nation's relationship with the Solomon Islands.
Australia's relationship with Solomon Islands, which has been deep and longstanding, has played a major role in the attempts to promote stability and growth in the nation. The bilateral relationship between the two nations has been very significant and Australia maintains a serious business relationship with Solomon Islands. "Australia maintains a close business relationship with Solomon Islands Recognizing the scope and scale of the challenges confronting Solomon Islands, Australia continues to provide significant levels of development assistance to the country." (Solomon Islands Country Brief, 2009). There are shipping and air services between the two nations which connect Solomon Islands with Australia, and the financial links are strong. However, the most vital relationship between the two nations has been in the political level which has been in place since the ethnic conflict first broke out in the late 1990s. "Australia has a deep and longstanding relationship with Solomon Islands. During the Second World War, Australians were involved in the struggle to liberate the islands from Japanese occupation. In the post-war period, people and business links with Solomon Islands have grown steadily and there are now estimated to be around 700 Australians resident in Solomon Islands, mainly in Honiara." (Solomon Islands Country Brief, 2009). Therefore, Australia has been heavily involved in working to promote stability and growth in Solomon Islands ever since ethnic conflict first broke out in the late 1990s and it has strongly supported the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in the most recent political contexts. In fact, the deep commitment of Australia to the mission of RAMSI reflects the importance of a peaceful and prosperous the Solomon Islands to Australia. Thus, Australia has always regarded the relationship with the Solomon Islands as of great significance which has positively influenced the