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
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 – 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/
Asia Pacific Bulletin: The United States and Fiji Should Bolster Security Cooperation – Steven McGann “The United States played an important role in helping to construct a viable regional architecture in the post‐World War Two era. The critical pieces of this architecture are hosted by Melanesian countries and include the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). (…) This well‐documented commitment to the Pacific should be the context in which the United States frames its regional coordination and stronger ties with Fiji.” McGann, Steven. 2018. “Asia […]
Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia-Fiji Relations in 2018: Finding a New Normal – Richard Herr “Finding a new but mutually supported equilibrium is not entirely a bilateral process ‐ there is a “dragon in the room” which cannot be ignored. (…) Australia knows that Fiji sees China as providing an economic, diplomatic and aid alternative to traditional friends that was not available in previous decades.” Herr, Richard. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia-Fiji Relations in 2018: Finding a New Normal”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°418). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin: Mariana Islands – US Military Strategy ‘On Hold’ – Grant Newsham “CNMI and Guam, both American territories, are strategically important given their locations in the Western Pacific close to Asia. The well‐developed US naval and air facilities on Guam are especially important.” Newsham, Grant. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: Mariana Islands – US Military Strategy ‘On Hold’”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°415). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin: The United States is Losing the Pacific – Ben Bohane “From a Pacific Islands perspective the United States is no longer visible, apart from an annual “Pacific Partnership” visit by the US navy. Washington rarely sends high‐level diplomats to visit Pacific nations, and does not attend the most important regional gatherings, such as the annual meeting of island leaders known as the Pacific Island Forum (PIF).” Bohane, Ben. 2018. “The United States is Losing the Pacific”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°414). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin : Strategic Overview of Oceania – Cleo Paskal The East-West Center released Asia Pacific Bulletins aiming to highlight key issues facing Oceania in 2018. The first article is a strategic overview of Oceania by Dr Cleo Paskal: “The confluence of major changes in all three of the ‘3 geos’ (geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical) is making the strategic picture in Oceania increasingly complex.” Paskal Cleo. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin : Strategic Overview of Oceania”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°413). East-West Center : Washington.
International treaty examination of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters on PACER-Plus on the 19th of March of 2018.
New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics? “For New Zealand to truly “reset” its relationship in the Pacific and be a “good and active neighbor,” Peters outlined five guiding principle in his Sydney speech. These were: understanding, friendship, mutual benefit, collective ambition and sustainability. The final principle being a pressing and existential concern for Pacific Island states and one that both New Zealand and Australia need to take more seriously in order to gain greater respect in the region.” Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/new-zealands-ardern-tours-polynesia-what-about-the-politics/