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Diplomacy in the Pacific, balancing old relationships and new

The Pacific islands’ traditional partners can take nothing for granted any more, suggests a discussion paper released by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy this month. “Decisions of allegiance by island leaders will be based on the cultivation of personal relationships (not ideology), access to new technology, migration pathways for our people and sharing culture,”says … Continue reading

China involved in new Pacific Island satellite program, Saipan Air cancellation dismays CNMI government, Local leaders want to divide Papua

Highlights from the region’s media: China involved in new satellite program for Pacific Island countries (Radio New Zealand International) Sudden Saipan Air cancellation dismays CNMI government(Marianas Variety) 5-Year extension requested for CNMI immigration federalization(Saipan Tribune) French Polynesia wants visa requirements relaxed for Chinese tourists (Radio Australia) Local leaders want to divide Papua to save it … Continue reading

Indonesia concerned about PNG citizenship decision, Japan-Pohnpei flight welcomed

Highlights from the region’s media: Indonesia concerned about Tjandra following granting of PNG citizenship (Post Courier) First direct United Airlines Japan-Pohnpei flight welcomed in FSM(Marianas Business Journal) PNG Customs warn foreign ships to follow laws after Chinese ship detained with illegal birds (The National) ADB fronts $19 million loan for new USP campus in Solomons(Solomon … Continue reading

Papua update, Fiji mine investment should strengthen ties with China, Vanuatu to join WTO

Highlights from the region’s media: Papua killing raises pressure on Indonesians (Radio New Zealand International) Mining company to invest F$75 million in Fiji iron project, should strengthen Fiji-China links (Fiji Live) Nauru asks Japan to help rebuild main quay (Radio New Zealand International) Vanuatu Ambassador announces country’s acceptance into WTO (Vanuatu Daily Post) Guam needs … Continue reading

Deep sea mining opposition, climate change and the Pacific, is Japanese aid effective?

Highlights from the region’s media: Pacific Leaders allegedly ignoring opposition to deep sea mining (Radio New Zealand International) UNDP launches ‘One Planet’ report with Pacific climate change findings: Pacific could rethink development (UNDP) Climate change and fishing in the Pacific (Secretariat of the Pacific Community) Parliament resumes in Nauru after Cabinet dumped and five new … Continue reading

PNG nickel attracts Chinese money, Marshalls company secures India job, new mining interest in Solomons from Japan

Highlights from the region’s media: PNG nickel mine attracts Chinese money (Radio Australia) Marshall Islands construction company secures contract for India project (Marianas Business Journal) New mining interest in Solomon Islands from Japan, US (Radio Australia) Market jitters hit Pacific funds (Radio Australia) Youth activists demand Vanuatu review West Papua position (Vanuatu Daily Post) ADB … Continue reading

Japan keen to keep PNG investment, China a ‘better friend’ to Samoa than US

Highlights from the region’s media: Japan keen to increase PNG investment (Post Courier) China a better Pacific friend than US: Samoan PM (Radio Australia) Early days for China in Papua New Guinea (The Australian) No concern in China’s PNG funding, says Australian academic (Radio Australia) Solomons MPs don’t account for Taiwanese Development Fund spending(Solomon Star) … Continue reading

Indonesia to help Fiji constitutional process, CNMI sees big jump in Chinese tourists

Highlights from the region’s media: Indonesia to assist on Fiji constitution process (Fiji Live) Constitutional Reform: The Indonesian Experience, a lecture in Fiji (The Jet newspaper) CNMI sees marked increase in Chinese tourism since March, augurs well for Saipan Air services (Marianas Variety) Japan Provides Marshall Islands $16M Grant for Two Vessels (Yokwe Online) Solomons … Continue reading

China’s Pacific aid ‘promotes regional stability’, Daru Port to ease Indonesia/Australia/PNG trade zone

Highlights from the region’s media: China-Pacific island countries cooperation promotes regional stability: China government (Xinhua) PNG’s Daru International Port set to begin construction: project looks to Indonesia-Australia-PNG free trade zone (Radio Australia) PNG parliament to vote for new Prime Minister tomorrow (Radio Australia) China, Japan driving green energy investments (Sydney Morning Herald) A closer look … Continue reading

Saipan to launch first airline, Japan wants clarity on China aid to Pacific, Solomons criticism over China trip

Highlights from the region’s media: Saipan to launch first airline with flights to Japan, China (Malaysian Insider) Japan, others want clarity on China aid / Noda pledges 500 mil. dollars to Pacific islands (Jiji Press) Japan’s “Checkbook diplomacy aimed at reining China” in Pacific Islands (China Daily) Solomons Opposition critical of trip to China (Solomon … Continue reading



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