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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

Taiwan/Republic of China hands over assistance to Pacific Island agencies

(Media release) Several agencies of the Council of the Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) will benefit from US$500,000 out of the Taiwan/ROC Regional Development Assistance Fund for 2011/2012. The Representative of Taiwan in Fiji, Mr Ming Chang handed over the assistance to representatives of the CROP agencies during a brief ceremony hosted by the … Continue reading

Micronesia’s future between the China and the US, Chinese company plans Samoa resort

Headlines from the region’s media: Analysis: Micronesia’s future between China and the US (Scott Leis @ East Asia Forum) Chinese company plans major resort in Samoa (Radio New Zealand International) Indonesian govt has comprehensive design on Papua (Antara) American Samoa may use Manila hospitals for medical referrals (Radio New Zealand International) Illegal fishing from Indonesian, … Continue reading

Fiji PM meets potential Chinese investors, ADB-Japan support FSM ports, Papua updates

Highlights from the region’s media: Fiji’s Bainimarama meets potential investors in China (Ministry of Information/Pacnews)  ADB, Japan support safe port operations in Federated States of Micronesia (Asian Development Bank)  Indonesia to assist Fiji in seaweed farming (Fijilive) American Samoa looks to Philippines for doctors (Radio New Zealand International)  Indonesia: Policies for growth (Oxford Business Group) … Continue reading

North Korea and Fiji updates, Solomons concerned over quarantine violations, Forum urged not to forget Papua

Highlights from the region’s media: North Korea to assist Fiji’s fisheries sector (Fijilive) North Korean delegation discusses development in Fiji (Fijilive) Solomons companies warned over quarantine violations: Concern over Indonesian shipment (Solomon Star) Forum security officials urged not to ignore Papua violence (Radio New Zealand International) Indonesian President Urged To Begin Dialogue Over West Papua … Continue reading

North Korea delegation visits Fiji, Vanuatu’s PR program nets VT30m in China, Tahiti signs China aquaculture deal

Highlights from the region’s media: North Korea delegation visit Fiji today (Fiji Sun) Vanuatu’s Permanent Residency programme in China earns government Vt30 million (Vanuatu Daily Post) Tahiti President signs huge aquaculture deal with Chinese company(Radio New Zealand International) Chairman of Vanuatu Citizenship Commission arrested (Radio Australia) Solomons union calls for investigation of RIPEL Chairman(Solomon Times) … 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

Philippines fishing in Pacific Islands region still limited, Fiji invites Japan PM to visit, Chinese nationals caught with guns in PNG

Highlights from the region’s media: WCPFC Director: Only High Sea Pocket 1* is open to the Philippines’ tuna fleet Pocket 1 covers Palau, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, areas closest to the Philippines where local tuna fishing companies frequently operate. (Atuna.com) Fijian leader invites Japanese PM to Fiji (Fiji Sun) Japan rejection could cool … 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

Marshalls copra plant to ship to Taiwan, Solomons position shifting on whaling, East Timor ready for ‘generational change’

Highlights from the region’s media: Marshall Islands copra plant to make first shipment to Taiwan (Marianas Variety) Solomons PM’s  position on Japanese whaling ‘unclear’ (Radio Australia) East Timor ready for generational change: President-elect (Radio Australia) Fiji and Pacific ‘easy targets’ for counterfeit goods (Fiji Times) Update: One Dead, Four ‘Critically-Injured’ in Papua After Brawl with … Continue reading



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