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/
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 […]
How Will New Zealand Navigate the New Era in Asia? – Ed Kennedy “News out of Beijing late February announced President Xi Jinping could become “president for life,” following the removal of the two-term limit. This news caused shockwaves through the region, including in New Zealand. The need to chart a new direction for NZ’s course in Asia has long been clear. But Xi’s bold bid to solidify power should be seen as confirmation: Wellington can no longer approach foreign policy in Asia according to old patterns.” Read More: https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/how-will-new-zealand-navigate-the-new-era-in-asia/
A Canadian submarine patrols the western Pacific, first time in 50 years “At a meeting in January in Vancouver on the North Korean nuclear threat, the United-States and its allies had called to strengthen maritime controls to prevent the Pyongyang regime from circumventing sanctions by sourcing illegally.” Read More: https://www.tahiti-infos.com/Un-sous-marin-canadien-dans-l-ouest-du-Pacifique-une-premiere-en-50-ans_a168941.html
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/
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
Security in Oceania in the 21st Century – Eric Shibuya and Jim Rolfe «Where there has been attention focused on security issues for small island states, they have tended towards what has happened or can happen to island states rather than what island states can do to enhance their own security outlook. Prominent discussions of security in general, or even of Asia-Pacific security, have not taken the concerns of island states into much account, if at all.» Shibuya, Eric and Jim Rolfe. 2003. Security in Oceania in the 21st Century. Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies : Hawaii
AP 360: The Strategic Significance of Oceania with Cleo Paskal Cleo Paskal, Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), discusses how Oceania is changing and what it means for Canada, which has had a very limited presence in the region. Covering almost 1/6th of the planet’s surface, the Pacific island countries occupy a highly strategic and economically important zone between the Americas and Asia. And with increasing global multi-polarity, the 14 member states of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) are being seen as substantially more pivotal than ever before.
European Union Development Strategy in the Pacific – Camilla Borrevik, Tony Crook, Edvard Hviding and Craig Lind “Development contexts and cooperative partnerships in the Pacific region are uneven, multi-layered and challenging. Pacific people’s livelihoods are intimately connected to globally significant terrestrial and oceanic natural resources, and are increasingly under pressure. Collective interests in the Pacific create a development context in which local concerns ultimately take priority. As the second largest donor of development assistance to the region, the EU’s interests and activities in the Pacific are highly significant and hold important potential going forward.” Borrevik, Camilla, Tony Crook, Edvard Hviding […]