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

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

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/

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

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