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U.S warns Pacific Isles of ‘struggle’ against coercive regimes

A top U.S diplomat warned Pacific Islands of a new struggle against violent power-hungry regimes Sunday, as she visited the Solomon Islands to mark the 80th anniversary of World War II's Battle of Guadalcanal. With China's military carrying out war drills around Taiwan and Russia bombarding Ukraine, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman hit out at a new crop of...

FSM tells U.S and China to calm down

Seeking to referee between the world's superpowers, the Federated States of Micronesia has called on the United States and China to tone down their mutual “bullying” that causes burgeoning anxiety in the Pacific islands region. “As the two superpowers in the world, the U.S and China set the tone and cadence for global conversations on peace; if there is no...

Report finds Pacific businesses enroute to build back better

The newly released PTI Pacific Business Monitor – Recovery Series Q2 2022 report has found that while the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses across the Pacific remains severe, confidence of business survival amongst respondents is high, with 90 per cent confident that they will survive the COVID-19 crisis - the highest figure since tracking began. Having run the survey...

FSM Government statement on U.S-China relations and the impact of high-level visit to Taiwan

Recently, the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) became aware of a high-level visit to Taiwan by the Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives. The FSM has received informal communications from representatives of both the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the United States of America asking if the FSM will comment...

Win for women, Peter unseats Agarobe in Central Regional race

If there is a glimmer of hope in Papua New Guinea’s violence strewn National General Elections, then it has to be the elevation of a lone woman to the National Parliament. It took the PNC’s Governor-elect of Central Province, Rufina Peter, three attempts to wrest power away from Pangu’s Robert Agarobe at the close of counting last week. The race went...

U.S President Joe Biden to host White House Pacific island summit

U.S President Joe Biden will host Pacific island leaders at the White House in September, a senior American diplomat said on Saturday, deepening a regional charm offensive to counter growing Chinese influence. Visiting Tonga, deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman said the leaders would be invited to Washington for a meeting and dinner late in the month. “This meeting will be...

Pacific Islands solidarity is a Biden priority, U.S diplomat tells Solomons

U.S President Joe Biden sees strong ties with Pacific Island countries as a priority, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said in the Solomon Islands on Sunday, underscoring the stakes of a visit as geopolitical tensions have been mounting in the region. At a World War Two memorial event in the Solomons capital Honiara, Sherman rebuked governments which she said...

PNG PM ‘can form a government’ as count goes on

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape said his party has the numbers to form a coalition government, after a national poll plagued by violence, fraud allegations and large numbers of voters missing from the electoral roll. PNG's general election, held every five years, is among the world's most challenging due in part to difficult terrain, extreme weather, poor transport...

‘Super Browns’ side Cook Islands Party in coalition talks

The governing Cook Islands Party is all but confirmed to retain power after receiving support from the re-elected Independent Members of Parliament (MPs) from Atiu. Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Brown said he recognises government forming will come down to building coalitions. “We have our arrangements with our two independents who have been part of the government for this term. We will...

Air Rarotonga inaugural commercial flight to Tahiti scheduled for 13 August

The governments of the Cook Islands and French Polynesia are delighted to announce the first inaugural commercial flight from Rarotonga (RAR) to Pape’ete (PPT), on Saturday 13 August, 2022, a momentous occasion that will open an official commercial air link between the two countries. This landmark event is the result of a series of high-level intergovernmental engagements and partnerships with...

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