In Fiji, India’s Pacific Presence Grows – Grant Wyeth “In a small, but symbolically significant, gesture last week, the Indian government provided the Fijian sugar industry with a grant. (…), the move seems designed to signal India’s desire for continued engagement in Fiji, and the south Pacific in general.” Read More: https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/in-fiji-indias-pacific-presence-grows/?utm_content=bufferbec4e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
2017 Foreign Policy White Paper “The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper sets out a comprehensive framework to advance Australia’s security and prosperity in a contested and competitive world. Informed by our values, it describes Australia’s national interests and the Government’s international engagement priorities. It is our agenda for opportunity, security and strength.” Australia. Minister for Foreign Affairs. 2017. 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Cop23 UN climate talks: Everything you need to know – Jocelyn Timperley Two initiatives pushed by Fiji were approved during the COP23 : the Gender Action Plan promotes gender equality in climate action, and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform supports the sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation. Read More: http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/11/20/everything-you-need-to-know-about-fiji-in-bonn-un-climate-talks/
globalfishingwatch.org/map/ A high-tech map to combat illegal fishing in the Pacific – Jacques Franc de Ferrière An interactive map tracks the activity of industrial fishing vessels, allowing concerned governments to monitor their exclusive economic zone. What is to notice is that there is a very high concentration of fishing boats around the borders of French Polynesia. Read More: http://www.tahiti-infos.com/Une-carte-high-tech-pour-lutter-contre-la-peche-illegale-dans-le-Pacifique_a166276.html
Photo by Erin Magee / DFAT The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters The COP23 will shed light on the urgent need to address climate change and climate warming. It shows that small island nations are more likely to suffer from climate warming, and more precisely sea-level rise. Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/05/the-cop23-climate-change-summit-in-bonn-and-why-it-matters
What is Australia up to? – Cleo Paskal Cleo Paskal outlines the growing influence of China towards Australia and stresses how Australia is dealing with it. Paskal, Cleo. 2017. “What is Australia up to?”. The World Today (october & november): 42-44
Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping – Anne-Marie Brady “This policy paper examines China’s foreign political influence activities under Xi Jinping, using one very representative state, New Zealand, as a case study. New Zealand’s relationship with China is of interest, because the Chinese government regards New Zealand as an exemplar of how it would like its relations to be with other states.” Brady, Anne-Marie. 2017. “Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping”. Wilson Center, Kissinger Institute: 1-57.
The Coveted Oceania: History, Geopolitics and Society – Sémir Al Wardi, Jean-Marc Regnault and Jean-François Sabouret “This book, bringing together some forty specialists, analyzes this” coveted “Oceania, from the historical, political, religious, economic and cultural angle, trying to go beyond the myth (…), of paradise rediscovered islands, it retraces the irreconcilable lusts of a multitude of actors, sometimes unexpected, just as much as the hegemonic ambitions of the great powers.”. The table of contents is available on Protorp. Al Wardi, Sémir. Jean-Marc Regnault et Jean-François Sabouret. 2017. The Coveted Oceania: History, Geopolitics and Society. CNRS.
“We are big ocean states.” – Dame Meg Taylor, Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, talks about the “blue Pacific” concept to explain regionalism between Pacific Islands Countries and how they should be apprehended as consolidated “big ocean states”.
China’s Blue Book of Oceania – Graeme Smith and Genghua Zhang «The Chinese government’s interest in Oceania bumped up another notch with the recent publication of the book’s second edition (Blue Book). Blue Books are made available to all government departments,stocked in Xinhua Bookstores across China, and are seen as the standard reference on any given topic.» Smith, Graeme et Genghua Zhang. 2015. « China’s Blue Book of Oceania » Australian National University 70