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Australia to stand with Pacific islands on climate crisis and ‘respect’ region, Foreign Minister Penny Wong says

Australia’s new foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, will seek to improve relations with Pacific island countries, flagging an early visit to the region and promising to be “a generous, respectful and reliable” partner. China’s new security deal with Solomon Islands was a point of political dispute during the Australian election campaign and there are now reports that Beijing could be...

Samoa PM Fiame Mata’afa acknowledges new Australian PM’s stance on Climate Change

Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has acknowledged the new Australian Labour Government’s stance on the issue of climate change. Australia’s newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was sworn in this morning and his campaign listed climate change as one of its main issue of priorities. Mata'afa said this is one vital area that links Australia to the Pacific. She noted the...

Former NZ foreign Minister Peters says Pacific security concerns ‘avoidable’, U.S warned years ago of need for cooperation

-Former Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has said “serious security concerns” in the Pacific were “avoidable” in a speech where he advocated for New Zealand standing alongside like-minded countries in the region and backing that up with "our finances and resources”. He said a time when foreign policy was “non-political” and when politicians held the view that offshore “we would...

Solomon Islands says China’s foreign minister to arrive this week to sign pacts

China's foreign minister Wang Yi will visit the Solomon Islands this week and sign key agreements, expected to include a security pact criticised by the United States, Australia and Japan. The Solomon Islands government and China's ambassador confirmed the visit on Monday, with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare describing it as a milestone. “Prime Minister Sogavare looks forward to a productive engagement...

Solomon Islands borders to open in July

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced the full reopening of international borders commencing on 01 July 2022. Cabinet has approved the reopening of borders following recommendations from the Border Opening Committee of the covid-19 Oversight Committee. This move comes after the eventual easing of COVID-19 restrictions from last month which means domestic restrictions will be lifted by the end...

UN body makes ‘breakthrough’ on carbon price proposal for shipping

Countries have agreed on the need to put a carbon price on shipping emissions after more than a decade of resistance, which campaigners have hailed as a “major breakthrough”. At the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last week, countries broke a deadlock on mid-term measures to decarbonise the industry. The meeting concluded that there was consensus to price shipping emissions “as part...

Force, Moana Pasifika confirm teams for mid-week fixture

Moana Pasifika and the Western Force have confirmed their teams for Tuesday's clash at Mt Smart Stadium. The game was originally slated to be played as part of Super Round, however, a bevy of COVID cases in the Force camp forced the game to be delayed. With both teams coming off tough defeats over the weekend, they have made several changes...

Pacific Mini Games preparations ‘going down the wire’

With exactly 23 days to go before the opening of the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022, the CNMI is rushing to complete the competition sites for all nine sports that will be held for the quadrennial event. “Quite exciting as according to our Pacific Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue ‘we’re pretty much ahead compared to other Games deliveries ....

London 7s pools drawn

The pools for the London 7s tournament has been drawn. Fiji is in Pool A with USA, Spain and Wales. Toulouse 7s silver-medalist Ireland has been drawn in a challenging pool alongside Series leaders Argentina, South Africa and Kenya. In Pool C are France, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Samoa heads Pool B with England, Scotland and Japan. The London 7s kicks-off this weekend. SOURCE:...

Anthony Albanese officially sworn in as Australian PM

With an oath to “well and truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia”, and the flick of a signature, Anthony Albanese has officially become Australia’s 31st prime minister. Victorian-based federal MP Richard Marles was sworn in as deputy Prime minister and Minister for employment, rather than defence minister – a position he was widely speculated to take. Throughout the campaign, it was...

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Solomon Islands media boycott Chinese foreign minister’s visit to Honiara

Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has issued a boycott notice to its members for the PRC Press event scheduled for Thursday. MASI President, Georgina...

China seeks Pacific Islands policing, security cooperation – document

China will seek a region-wide deal with almost a dozen Pacific islands covering policing, security and data communications cooperation when Foreign Minister Wang Yi...

Solomon Islands journalists shut out of China foreign minister visit, raising secrecy concerns

Pacific journalists have raised serious concerns about secrecy surrounding the upcoming marathon tour of the Pacific by China’s foreign minister, who will be visiting...