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10:36 pm GMT+12, 17/09/2019
 
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has cancelled plans to meet with the leader of the Solomon Islands to discuss development partnerships after the Pacific island cut ties with Taiwan in favour of China this week, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.   The Solomon Islands was the sixth country to switch allegiance to China since 2016. Self-ruled Taiwan has accused China - which claims Taiwan as its territory - of trying to meddle in » read more
 
UN climate summit aims to speed up transition to cleaner, greener future PM Sogavare stops foreign minister Manele from meeting Taiwan minister
Solomon Islands Opposition leader Wale condemns China switch decision Kenilorea: Decision to switch to China regrettable
 
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Fiji-Australia Vuvale Partnership
10:41 pm GMT+12, 17/09/2019, Australia
‘Vuvale’ is the word in the Fijian language for ‘family’ - in every respect; it means ‘my home is your home’.   Drawing from this deep-seated sense of belonging, Fiji and Australia aspire through this Vuvale Partnership to a new era of elevated Read more

Islands of Climate Ambition
Small island states such as Fiji and Jamaica are using innovative approaches to tackle the
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Agreement to initiate new research on coral reefs, invasive species and other key environmental health indicators for Pacific islands
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has renewed its five-yea
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New General Assembly President brings ‘valuable insights’ into key UN challenges
The new President of the 74th session of the General Assembly brings to his role “years
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In checkbook diplomacy duel, China pledges at least $8.6 billion to win over Taiwan’s allies
By Ralph Jennings, Los Angeles Times   A diplo
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Business News
Three cases of unexplained wealth under investigation in Fiji, Digitisation can eradicate black economy
10:39 pm GMT+12, 17/09/2019, Fiji
Fiji's Anti-Money laundering Council is currently investigating three cases of unexplained wealth worth over $2 million (US$1 million).   The task force comprises members from the Fiji Police Force, FICAC, Fiji Revenue, and Customs Services and the Financial Intelligence Unit Read more

Forum Fisheries Agency: 40 years of Pacific Island cooperation
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne, and Assi
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Malaita Premier: why we are against switching ties
 Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani says there are four reasons why his government is not sup
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High seas fisheries patrol completed
A multi-national, interagency, high seas fisheries patrol in support of the sustainable manage
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APTC and the Government of Nauru sign hosting agreement
A milestone in strengthening collaboration for skills development and working closely with key
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Sports News
England should consider Pacific Islands tour, says coach Scott Wisemantel
10:47 pm GMT+12, 17/09/2019, Japan
When England’s attack coach, Scott Wisemantel, discusses the state of Pacific Island rugby it pays to listen. When he urges the Rugby Football Union to arrange tours to Tonga, Samoa and Fiji – “I don’t think that just because it’s England you can think you’re Read more

Samoa don second skins to avoid a clash of cultures
In a display of respect to the host nation, the Samoa team will wear skin suits to cover up th
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Stage set for spectacular Rugby World Cup as Japan welcomes the world
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont, above, believes that Japan is “comprehensively p
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Pacific island problem endures as ninth World Cup approaches
 While the influence of the Pacific islands on global rugby is undeniable with as many as
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Pacific Nations face tough task at Rugby World Cup
Since its inception the Rugby World Cup has relied on Pacific Island nations to provide the to
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