Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Illustration by Luis Grañena Listen to SupChina editor-at-large and Sinica podcast host Kaiser Kuo read this article. Peter Kenilorea Jr. was scrolling through Facebook one afternoon in September 2019 when he came across a photo that caught his attention. It was a snapshot of an agreement between a provincial governor in the Solomon Islands, where Kenilorea lived, and executives from a company called China Sam Enterprise Group. The agreement appeared to grant the Chinese conglomerate exclusive development rights to Tulagi, one of the Solomon Islands, for at least 75 years. It was a leak, and an alarming piece of news for Kenilorea. Despite serving as the deputy opposition leader in the Solomon Islands parliament and chairman of its foreign relations committee, he knew nothing about the deal. When Kenilorea began commenting on the photo on Facebook, the original poster sent him a private message that included the full text of the agreement. The more Kenilorea read, the more he found troublingSubscribe or register to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.