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

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/

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/

French Polynesia at the 8th “Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting” (Tahiti Infos)

©Presidence of French Polynesia French Polynesia at the 8th “Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting” For the first time since its admission as a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, French Polynesia took part in the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting where climate warming, sustainable management of the oceans, stability and security are key issues that are discussed between the Japanese Prime minister and the Pacific Islands leaders. Read more: https://www.tahiti-infos.com/La-Polynesie-francaise-au-8e-sommet-du-Pacific-Islands-Leaders-Meeting_a171793.html

US to help Pacific islands access Green Climate Fund (The Fiji Times)

US to help Pacific islands access Green Climate Fund The multiple criteria around access to the United Nations Green Fund make it difficult for vulnerable countries of the Pacific region to access it. The United States says it had and would commit to help PICs. Read more: http://www.fijitimes.com/us-to-help-pacific-islands-access-green-climate-fund/

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

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

Asia Pacific Bulletin: The French Pacific Territories and Free Trade (East-West Center)

Asia Pacific Bulletin: The French Pacific Territories and Free Trade – Jeremy Ellero “The integration of the French territories into the wider drivers in Oceania would induce a modernization of the growth fundamentals and a homogenization of the level of economic development of the Pacific islands.” Ellero, Jeremy. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: The French Pacific Territories and Free Trade”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°421). East-West Center : Washington.