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Rebels hold on for victory over Moana

The Melbourne Rebels have made it a Super Saturday for Australian teams, backing up the NSW Waratahs' shock win with a 26-22 victory over Moana Pasifika. The Waratahs upset the Crusaders 24-21 in Sydney in the early game before the Rebels held on for their own Super Rugby Pacific win over the competition newcomers at AAMI Park. A try in the...

Pacific Parliamentarians Alliance on Deep Sea Mining calls for more commitments to safeguarding our ocean from deep sea mining

Pacific Parliamentarians Alliance on Deep Sea Mining (PPADSM) calls for more commitments to safeguarding our ocean from deep sea mining The Pacific Parliamentarians Alliance on Deep Sea Mining (PPADSM) has welcomed the commitments made at the 7th Our Ocean Conference in Palau towards protecting and restoring the health of our ocean. The 2022 Conference closed with 410 commitments worth $16.35 billion...

Former spy chief says Australia squandered good Pacific ties

The nation’s former spymaster warns Australia has squandered its chances to form meaningful relationships with the Pacific, leaving it looking to the United States to intervene and fix a significant security problem in the region after China struck its security pact with the Solomon Islands. In an opinion piece for The Australian Financial Review, Nick Warner – who oversaw the...

Writ delay legal: PNG AG Dr Kwa

Papua New Guinea Justice and Attorney-General Department Secretary Dr Eric Kwa says the two-week delay in the issuance of election writs is within the constitutional powers of the electoral commissioner. “There are no laws stopping the electoral commission from delaying the issuance within the confines of the law,” he said. “The critical issue is that the election must be held within...

Pacific Elders Voice: Statement on Climate Security

The Pacific Elders’ Voice reiterates that the primary security threat to the Pacific is climate change. This fact is clearly articulated in the Boe Declaration on Regional Security which states: “We affirm that climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific and our commitments to progress the implementation...

Solomons PM could use Chinese police to stay in power, key provincial adviser fears

A key adviser to the premier of the most populous province in Solomon Islands has expressed concern that the China-Solomons security deal could enable the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, to use Chinese armed police and military personnel to quash democratic dissent and hold on to power for years to come. Celsus Irokwato Talifilu, who is an adviser to Daniel Suidani,...

Australia’s foreign minister denounces China’s ‘secret’ security deal with Solomon Islands

Australian foreign affairs minister Marise Payne has denounced the “secret” terms of China’s security deal with Solomon Islands, while insisting “no document signed and kept away from public view” would change Australia’s commitment to answering Pacific countries’ needs. The foreign affairs minister said the agreement was “not transparent” – unlike Australia’s existing security treaty with Solomon Islands – and was...

Japan’s top diplomat to visit Fiji, Palau next month

Japan's Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi will visit two Central Asian countries, Mongolia and two Pacific island nations, the Japanese government said Thursday, as Tokyo seeks cooperation in responding to Russia's aggression in Ukraine and other issues. Hayashi will first make a five-day trip through Monday, visiting Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Then he will make a three-day tour from 06 May...

Tuvalu PM meets Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong

Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the first time on Thursday at the Istana, where they reaffirmed the warm relations between the two countries. Home to a population of around 11,000 people, the Pacific island nation made up of nine small islands has drawn global attention to its battle against rising sea levels. The highest...

Leaked documents reveal Chinese company’s aviation plans for Solomons to become a ‘regional hub’

One of China's largest defence and aerospace companies promised to upgrade almost three dozen airstrips in Solomon Islands as part of an ambitious plan to transform the Pacific Island country into an ‘aeronautical hub” for the region. In return, the Solomon Islands government said it would purchase six aircraft from AVIC Commercial Aircraft, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned defence...

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