Progress on Chinese fish farm in French Polynesia (Radio New Zealand)

source : VICE-PRESIDENCE (French Polynesia) Progress on Chinese fish farm in French Polynesia The French Polynesian vice-president Teva Rohfritsch met with Wang Cheng, who is the head of the company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods. The project has been approved by the China Development Bank, and will cost $US320 million. They also addressed environmental issues posed by the aquacole project. Read more: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/365874/progress-on-chinese-fish-farm-in-french-polynesia

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele hits out at climate change sceptics during fiery speech (ABC News)

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele hits out at climate change sceptics during fiery speech – Stephen Dziedzic “We all know the problem, we all know the solutions, and all that is left would be some political courage, some political guts, to tell people of your country there is a certainty of disaster,” Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele said. He called on Australia to make deeper cuts to carbon emissions because Pacific islands are in the front line of climate change. Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-31/samoan-prime-minister-hits-out-at-climate-change-sceptics/10185142

Shining more light on aid in the Pacific (The Lowy Institute)

Shining more light on aid in the Pacific – Alexandre Dayant and Jonathan Pryke “The Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map will not only be useful for Pacific island countries and aid practitioners. The interactive tool can contribute to more nuanced public discussion about the role of aid in the region, which was a lively debate in 2018. It is a rich database that will be valuable for future scholarly work into foreign aid in the Pacific.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/shining-more-light-aid-pacific

Indo-Pacific: are the British coming back? (The Lowy Institute)

Source: U.S. Navy Indo-Pacific: are the British coming back? -Geoffrey Till There are signs that Great Britain is coming back in the Indo-Pacific. In his article, Geoffrey Till raises two questions: ” is a significant naval presence in the Indo-Pacific really feasible these days given the dramatic decline in the Royal Navy’s numerical strength, both in platforms and people? And second, would a significantly more substantial naval force in the area contribute to regional peace and security, and would it be cost-effective for Britain itself?”. Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/indo-pacific-are-british-coming-back

Can France and the UK Pivot to the Pacific? (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Source: Ministry of Armed Forces Can France and the UK Pivot to the Pacific? – Erik Brattberg, Philippe Le Corre and Etienne Soula “Europe’s two greatest military powers, France and the UK, are currently pursuing their own versions of a Pacific pivot. At the June 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue, the French and British defense ministers outlined their ambitions and announced that both navies would sail warships through contested waters in the South China Sea to help promote the free and open rules-based order.” Read more: https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/07/05/can-france-and-uk-pivot-to-pacific-pub-76732

A roadmap for overseas (Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes)

Source: Richard Ying and Tangui Morlier A roadmap for overseas The Ouverseas Blue Book was submitted on Thursday, June 28, and will indicate the French government’s guidelines for the Pacific region. The President insisted on the need to reinforce the “anchoring in the Indo-Pacific zone” of New Caledonia. Read more: https://www.lnc.nc/breve/une-route-wallet-for-outremers

Australia works on security deal with Vanuatu in bid to counter China’s influence (Reuters)

Australia works on security deal with Vanuatu in bid to counter China’s influence “Australia promised on Monday to bolster the cyber security capability of Vanuatu as it agreed to begin negotiating a security treaty with its Pacific neighbor, ramping up diplomacy in the region to combat China’s rising influence.” Read more: https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKBN1JL0BE-OCATP

Beijing Pushing Taiwan and US Allies out of the Pacific Islands, Says Congressional Report (The Epoch Times)

Beijing Pushing Taiwan and US Allies out of the Pacific Islands, Says Congressional Report – Paul Huang “The Chinese regime’s increasing involvement in the Pacific Islands region is squeezing Taiwan’s already limited international space while also posing security challenges to the United States and its allies Australia and New Zealand, a Congressional report says.” Read more: https://www.theepochtimes.com/beijing-pushing-taiwan-and-u-s-allies-out-of-pacific-islands-says-congressional-report_2565368.html

India’s Strategic Expansion in the Pacific Islands (The Diplomat)

India’s Strategic Expansion in the Pacific Islands – Balaji Chandramohan “India’s maritime disposition seems to envisage having command of the sea in the Indo-Pacific, apart from securing its interests in the coastal areas.” Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2018/06/indias-strategic-expansion-in-the-pacific-islands/

The Marshall Islands makes call for climate finance at G7 (Radio New Zealand)

The Marshall Islands makes call for climate finance at G7 The president of the Marshall Islands spoke at the G7 summit and call on the world’s wealthiest democracies to take actions in order to fight climate change. Read more: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/359345/the-marshall-islands-makes-call-for-climate-finance-at-g7