Asia Pacific Bulletin: The Role of the French Military on Key Issues for Oceania (East-West Center)

Asia Pacific Bulletin: The Role of the French Military on Key Issues for Oceania – Hélène Goiran “France has the second largest EEZ in the world (11 million square kilometers) located mainly in the Pacific (about 60%), and is responsible for protecting the fragile maritime environment and its extensive fishing, mineral, and energy resources.” Goiran, Hélène. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: The Role of the French Military on Key Issues for Oceania”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°416). East-West Center : Washington.

Asia Pacific Bulletin: Japan’s Oceania Engagement and Maritime Security (East-West Center)

Asia Pacific Bulletin: Japan’s Oceania Engagement and Maritime Security – Rieko Hayakawa “Over the past decade, the Nippon Foundation has not only provided patrol boats to Micronesian countries, but also established a dialogue between Micronesian countries, as well as with the United States and Australia. In January 2018, the Nippon Foundation handed over the sub‐regional maritime  coordination center in Palau.” Haykawa, Rieko. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: Japan’s Oceania Engagement and Maritime Security”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°417). East-West Center : Washington.

Asia Pacific Bulletin: Mariana Islands – US Military Strategy ‘On Hold’ (East-West Center)

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 (East-West Center)

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 (East-West Center)

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.

India, France sign strategic pact on use of each other’s military bases (India)

India, France sign strategic pact on use of each other’s military bases “New Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) Reflecting a growing depth in defence ties, India and France today inked a strategic pact providing for the use of each other’s military facilities including opening naval bases to warships, an agreement that comes amid China’s growing military expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region.” Read More: http://www.india.com/news/agencies/india-france-sign-strategic-pact-on-use-of-each-others-military-bases-2936578/

How Will New Zealand Navigate the New Era in Asia? (The Diplomat)

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/

New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics? (The Diplomat)

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/

Putting the ‘Pacific’ into Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy (East Asia Forum)

Putting the ‘Pacific’ into Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy – Sandra Tarte “In the face of North Korea’s nuclear program, a resurgent China, an unpredictable US president and the rise of anti-globalisation forces, Japan’s new Indo-Pacific strategy aims to improve connectivity between the Pacific and Indian Oceans and between the African and Asian continents. Tokyo intends for ‘Indo-Pacific’ to supersede ‘Asia Pacific’ as the term that describes its region.” Read more: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/15/putting-the-pacific-into-japans-indo-pacific-strategy/ Tarte, Sandra. 2018. “Putting the ‘Pacific’ into Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy”. East Asia Forum : 1-3.

A Canadian submarine patrols the western Pacific, first time in 50 years (Tahiti Infos)

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