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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

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

PALM previews, Pacific turns back on hydrocarbons, Guam and CNMI bond rating updates

Highlights from the region’s media: Japan to pledge 370 million yen for Pacific disaster insurance (Mainichi) Tongan students attend ‘Young PALM’ in Okinawa, Japan (Taimi Media Network) Pacific nations turn back on hydrocarbons (The Australian) Guam bond gets high rating (Marianas Variety)  CNMI’s B2 bond rating under review: Moody’s (Marianas Variety)  Have faith Vanuatu tourism … Continue reading

Korea explores Fiji seafloor, Palau Airways starts direct flights to Taipei

Highlights from the region’s media: Korea first to explore Fiji’s seafloor for mineral wealth (Radio Australia) Palau Airways starts direct flights between Koror and Taipei, looking at other destinations including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia (Taipei Times) Allegedly Illegal logging shut-down in PNG: Malaysian and Indonesian workers in custody (PNG Post Courier) … Continue reading

Japan eyes CNMI for tsunami debris, Korean Institute to invest in Fiji seafloor exploration, Controversial Chinese fishermen home from Palau

Highlights from the region’s media: Japan firm eyes CNMI’s northern Islands for tsunami – debris dump (Marianas Variety) Korean Institute to invest US$31 million in seafloor exploration in Fiji (Fiji Live) Palau, China at odds over shoot-out incident (Radio New Zealand International) 25 Chinese fishermen detained in Palau arrive home (Xinhua) Tonga looking for closer … Continue reading

Palau urged to pay Chinese compensation, West Papuan activists press on MSG, Fiji flood damage bill at $51million

Highlights from the region’s media: Palau urged to compensate family of dead Chinese fisherman for excess use of police force (Xinhua) West Papuan independence activists want Indonesia out of Melanesian Spearhead Group. Independence movement again asks for MSG Observer status (Radio Australia) Solomon Islands’ new fish licence policy, priority goes to companies investing locally (Islands … Continue reading

Chinese fishermen to be released in Palau, North Korea no threat to Guam

Highlights from the region’s media: Release of Chinese fisherman in Palau secured (Xinhua) President Toribiong: Palau Draws Closer to U.S. Following Confrontation With Chinese Fishing Vessel  (Pacific News Center) N.Korean rocket no threat to Guam (Pacific Daily News) West Papua concerns will be raised with Indonesia says NZ government (Stuff NZ) Visitor arrivals in Fiji … Continue reading

In detail: The ADB’s outlook for the Pacific Islands

Economic growth in the Pacific region is expected to slow to 6.0% in 2012, decelerating further to 4.1% in 2013, while inflation is expected to hold at moderate levels in much of the Pacific, according to the Asian Development Outlook 2012. Following is a more detailed breakdown of the economic performance and projections for the … Continue reading

Nickel changes could affect regional producers, Palau says Chinese fishermen could be freed

Headlines from the region’s media: Indonesian Ban Could Be Turning Point for Nickel. New Caledonia, Philippines, PNG increasing exports (Wall St Journal) Palau says Chinese fishermen could be freed if they admit wrongdoing, pay fines (CNTV) Myanmar asylum seekers stranded in East Timor (Radio Australia) Five dead in Aceh quake (Antara) Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands … Continue reading

Pacific fishing controversies, Fiji flood updates

Highlights from the region’s media: PNA slams Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting: disappointed by decision to reopen some high seas fishing (Radio New Zealand International) One dead in high-sea chase, 25 in custody: Palau, Coast Guard search continues for three from missing plane (Pacific Daily News) Chinese fishing boat allegedly tried to ram … Continue reading



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