Australia to review spy laws amid Chinese fears (Taipei Times)

Australia to review spy laws amid Chinese fears “Australia is to review its espionage laws, the government’s chief legal officer said yesterday, as the country seeks to strengthen spy agencies strained by juggling counterterror work and worries about China’s rising influence.” Read more: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2018/05/31/2003694053

CSIS report warns of Chinese interference in New Zealand (The Globe and Mail)

CSIS report warns of Chinese interference in New Zealand – Steven Chase and Robert Fife “New Zealand is valuable to China not only as “a soft underbelly, through which to access Five Eyes intelligence,” the report says, but also because it is responsible for the defence and foreign affairs of three South Pacific territories, because of its role in international money laundering, its claim in Antarctica as well as its relatively inexpensive farming land and unexplored petroleum reserves.” Read more: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-csis-report-warns-of-chinese-interference-in-new-zealand/

China’s communist party has so much power in New Zealand that western countries might stop sharing intelligence (Business Insider)

China’s communist party has so much power in New Zealand that western countries might stop sharing intelligence – Francis Chan “A former CIA analyst has raised the prospect of kicking New Zealand out of an international intelligence-sharing alliance, which includes the US.” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-zealand-should-be-cut-from-five-eyes-over-china-influence-2018-5

Japan’s Pacific Island Push (The Diplomat)

Japan’s Pacific Island Push – Daniel Hurst “In a speech, Abe said the countries would work together on upholding the maritime order in the Pacific, because “it is the rule of law that gives protection to the nations, big and small, for their inherent rights.” Perhaps anxious to avoid the appearance of a big power dictating to smaller ones, Abe also told his Pacific counterparts that Tokyo would “work to develop quality infrastructure in both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ aspects so that you are able to realize sustainable prosperity in a self-reliant manner.” Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/japans-pacific-island-push/

French Polynesia at the 8th “Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting” (Tahiti Infos)

©Presidence of French Polynesia French Polynesia at the 8th “Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting” For the first time since its admission as a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, French Polynesia took part in the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting where climate warming, sustainable management of the oceans, stability and security are key issues that are discussed between the Japanese Prime minister and the Pacific Islands leaders. Read more: https://www.tahiti-infos.com/La-Polynesie-francaise-au-8e-sommet-du-Pacific-Islands-Leaders-Meeting_a171793.html

US to help Pacific islands access Green Climate Fund (The Fiji Times)

US to help Pacific islands access Green Climate Fund The multiple criteria around access to the United Nations Green Fund make it difficult for vulnerable countries of the Pacific region to access it. The United States says it had and would commit to help PICs. Read more: http://www.fijitimes.com/us-to-help-pacific-islands-access-green-climate-fund/

Aid shouldn’t leave Pacific Islands saddled with debt – USA (Radio New Zealand)

Aid shouldn’t leave Pacific Islands saddled with debt – USA The US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands call on China to meet international standards regarding loans accorded to Pacific Islands countries. Read more: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/357901/aid-shouldn-t-leave-pacific-islands-saddled-with-debt-usa

Macron wants a balance against China in the Pacific (Radio New Zealand)

Macron wants a balance against China in the Pacific The French President spoke in New Caledonia: “”In this part of the globe China is building its hegemony – it’s not a question of raising fears but to look at the reality. China has to be a partner for this region. (…) But if don’t organise ourselves, it will soon be a hegemony which will reduce our liberties, our opportunities which we will suffer.”. Read more: https://bit.ly/2J0uxfD

AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific (International Journal)

AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific – David Dewitt, Mary Young, Alex Brouse and Jinelle Piereder “Our focus is on Canadian defence and security activities in the Asia Pacific arena between 1990 and 2015. While governments have asserted the growing primacy of the Asia Pacific, we ask the following: What does Canada’s recent military and security record tell us about the policies and operational aspects of Canadian engagement? How might we assess these in comparison with Ottawa’s declared importance of the Asia Pacific? What might this tell us about the near-term future of Canada’s role and […]

Britain’s new Pacific presence (Lowy Institute)

Britain’s new Pacific presence – Cleo Paskal “The UK, not as blinded by a short-term economic agenda and with a global perspective, can bring a new layer of Oceania analysis to the Five Eyes. It looks keen to give France a run for its money as the go-to European voice in the Indo-Pacific. And it may also suddenly find itself with many more new voting island friends in the UN and elsewhere.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/are-uk-s-new-diplomatic-posts-game-changer