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

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

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/

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