Northern Marianas

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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

PNG election updates, Vanuatu ready to join WTO, PNG’s participation at APEC ‘poor’

Highlights from the region’s media: Delays and fraud allegations lead to voter frustration in PNG (Radio Australia) Poll fuels illegal trade between PNG and Indonesia (The National) Guam, CNMI discuss joint efforts to promote destination Marianas (Marianas Visitors Authority) Vanuatu ready to join WTO (Radio Australia) PNG’s participation at APEC poor: Chief Secretary Zurenuoc (The … Continue reading

PNG citizenship for Indonesian national revoked, Trade Pasifika preview

Highlights from the region’s media: PNG Prime Minister revokes controversial citizenship for Indonesian (The National) Editorial: Proper to revoke citizenship (The National) Trade Pasifika 2012 gets under way next week: show aims to increase trade to China, Japan, Philippines and beyond (Pacific Periscope) CNMI needs US$6 million to catch up on tourism promotion, marketing; crucial … Continue reading

CNMI foreign workers status still in flux, China envoy visits MSG, PNG at Indonesia naval symposium

Highlights from the region’s media: Over 8,000 foreign employees in CNMI uncertain of work status (Saipan Tribune) Bill drafted to give residency status to foreign workers in CNMI (Radio New Zealand International) WB urges developing countries to strengthen domestic fundamentals, to weather global economic turmoil (World Bank) China Special Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum … 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

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

Pacific Islands and Papua, PALM previews

Highlights from the region’s media: Pacific Islands and Papua Vanuatu PM’s Office reveals stand on West Papua (Vanuatu Daily Post) Solomon Islands for West Papua group urges MSG leaders to act (Solomon Star) PALM previews and Japan/Pacific relations: Japan becoming ‘significant player’ in Pacific: academic (Radio Australia) Japan’s relationship with the Pacific overshadowed by US … Continue reading

Japan snubs Fiji PM, Pacific reps at Taiwan inauguration

Highlights from the region’s media: Japan snubs Fijian leader Frank Bainimarama (The Australian) 200 foreign guests, including Pacific leaders, to attend Taiwan presidential inauguration (Central News Agency/Pacnews) Report warns Solomons dolphin exports unsustainable (Radio Australia) Indonesian Ambassador comes to Vanuatu with donated equipment(Vanuatu Daily Post) Pro-buildup Guam businessmen hire lobbyists to push cause in Washington … Continue reading

Protestors arrested for anti-Indonesia demonstrations in Vanuatu, CNMI ‘Permanent residents’ still in limbo

Highlights from the region’s media: Protestors arrested in Vanuatu for anti-Indonesia demonstration  (Radio New Zealand International) CNMI ‘Permanent Residents’ seek recognized immigration status (Saipan Tribune) Opinion: Kill the forestry bill and save an important bilateral relationship: Australia-Indonesia ties at risk (The Australian) Air Pacific/Fiji Airways signs new strategic partners (Media release) Australia and PNG meet … Continue reading

PNG Marine Industrial Zone on track, Regional survey predicts declining exports, economic growth

Highlights from the region’s media: PNG’s Pacific Marine Industrial Zone project on schedule: Abel (The National) Declining exports likely to dampen economic growth of Pacific Islands, reveals UN-ESCAP survey (The Jet newspaper)   Police to stop arms smuggling throughput PNG (Post Courier) Australian DFAT wants diplomats in more nations, including Thailand and Tuvalu (Pacnews) International … Continue reading



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