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Australian Foreign Minister Wong takes on Beijing over climate, debt and influence

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Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong has warned Pacific leaders a region-wide security and trade deal with Beijing could sacrifice their independence, lead to unsustainable...

Getting out of coal and gas key to Pacific relationship

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The best thing the new Labor government could do to repair the relationship with Pacific is commit to no new coal and gas, Greens...

MSC orders inquiry into shark finning on tuna vessels in the Pacific

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The Marine Stewardship Council, which certifies fisheries under its blue tick sustainability label, has ordered an independent investigation into allegations of shark finning on...

Foreign Minister Penny Wong tells Pacific nations ‘we have heard you’ as Australia and...

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The new Australian foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, has promised to treat Pacific island countries with respect, telling an audience in Fiji that Australia...

Fiji AG seeks to play down concern over China’ proposed deal

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Fiji’s Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has sought to play down concern over China’s proposed deal with 10 Pacific nations covering policing, security and communications. Former Kiribati...

Disaster prevention, risk reduction, critical to sustainable future: UN deputy chief

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The world will experience 1.5 medium to large-scale disasters every day through the end of the decade, unless countries ramp up action on prevention...

Egypt says climate finance must be top of agenda at Cop27 talks

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Financial assistance for developing countries must be at the top of the agenda for UN climate talks this year, the host country, Egypt, has...

Island states back Vanuatu’s quest for climate justice at the UN

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Pacific and Caribbean nations have joined Vanuatu in calling for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on countries’ legal obligations...

Japan hosts Quad summit seeking unity on countering China

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Leaders of Japan, India, Australia and the United States met in Tokyo on Tuesday, looking to put China on notice as it expands its...

Australian PM Albanese says climate change top issue for Pacific island nations

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New Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday climate change was the main economic and security challenge for low-lying island counties in the...

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Fiji joins U.S-led Indo-Pacific economic initiative on eve of Chinese visit

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Fiji will join the U.S-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework just days before China’s foreign minister lands in the country, giving the Biden administration a victory...

Australian Foreign Minister Wong warns Pacific leaders against dangers of division over China

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New Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong is lobbying Pacific Island nations not to sign up to a sweeping multilateral security, economic and cyber pact...

New Zealand and allies allowed ‘vacuum’ to develop in Pacific, former foreign minister says

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New Zealand and its allies have failed to listen to “alarm bells” about China’s growing influence, and allowed a “vacuum” to develop in the...