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

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/

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

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

AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific (International Journal)

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 […]

Asia Pacific Bulletin: The United States and Fiji Should Bolster Security Cooperation (East-West Center)

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 […]

Baseless rumours: why talk of a Chinese military installation in Vanuatu misses the point (The Guardian)

Baseless rumours: why talk of a Chinese military installation in Vanuatu misses the point – Dan McGarry “Despite the fact that Australia remains the largest donor in Vanuatu and the Pacific, analysts suggest that China has stolen a march on it by ingratiating itself with politicians who see infrastructure projects as vote getters.” Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/11/baseless-rumours-why-talk-of-a-chinese-military-installation-in-vanuatu-misses-the-point