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Pacific peace in focus as Australian PM meets island counterpart

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Pacific peace and security has emerged as a top priority for Australia and Tuvalu as the nations' prime ministers held geopolitical discussions. Anthony Albanese met with Feleti Teo in Brisbane on Friday as the Tuvaluan leader continued his trip around Australia. The pair discussed defence and policing needs in the Pacific region, climate change responses and other work to be done...

President Xi Jinping: Vanuatu is China’s good friend, partner in Pacific Islands region

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that Vanuatu is a good friend and partner of China in the Pacific Islands region during a meeting with Charlot Salwai, the prime minister of Vanuatu, in Beijing. "China is a promoter of and contributor to peaceful coexistence and common development in the Pacific Islands region," Xi said during the talks held at...

Solomon Islands and China are strengthening ties in a worrying move for U.S and its Pacific allies

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The new Solomon Islands prime minister is in China for a visit as Beijing and the strategic Pacific archipelago strengthen their ties. Prime Minister Jeremiah Manele met Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the Chinese capital on Friday after a stop in coastal Fujian province earlier this week. “Solomon Islands values its comprehensive and strategic relations with China,” Manele told Xi in...

Spain makes Manu Samoa work for 34-30 win

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Manu Samoa beat a spirited Spain 34-30 in rainy and muddy conditions at Apia Park on Saturday. Spain made Manu Samoa work for the win and while the wet conditions made things difficult, the home side held on to win the physical encounter. Winger Owen Niue Fetu was the first on the scoreboard, scoring a try on his debut. Spain answered...

Italy wins on its first visit to Tonga to end drought in Pacific islands

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Italy finally won a rugby test in the South Pacific islands when it beat Tonga 36-14 on its first visit to Nuku’alofa on Friday. The Italians were able to move the ball wider than they did in the loss to Samoa a week ago, and their pressure and scrum earned them five tries to two against a Tonga team playing...

Pacific’s first Banking Forum ends, outcomes to Economic Ministers

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Commitments to keep the Pacific connected to global banking systems will shape next steps from the inaugural Pacific Banking Forum in Brisbane this week. The Forum, organised by Australia and the United States in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum, has ended with an Outcomes document to be tabled at the upcoming Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Suva later this...

Pacific Leaders travel to Japan to build collaboration at PALM10

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Three years on from their virtual PALM9 in 2021, Japan's PM and Pacific Leaders are meeting in Tokyo for PALM10. Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will meet with the Government of Japan in Tokyo for the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting – PALM10 – from 16 to 18 July. Mark Brown, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands and Forum Chair said “Pacific...

Rep. Ed Case calls on Biden to end presidential bid

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U.S lawmaker, Ed Case today broke ranks with the rest of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation by calling for President Joe Biden to end his re-election bid for the White House. “Difficult times and realities require difficult decisions,” Case wrote in a statement. “This is one of those times, realities and decisions. My guidepost is what is the best way forward for...

French police kill alleged gunman amid continued unrest in New Caledonia

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French police shot and killed an alleged gunman in New Caledonia on Wednesday, local prosecutors said, bringing the toll of almost two months of unrest in the French Pacific territory to 10. The suspect was killed during a gun battle in the Mont-Dore district outside New Caledonia's capital Noumea, where police were deployed to clear roadblocks. When the police came under...

Fiji’s NGO coalition on Human Rights and solidarity partners call for freedom and justice in the Pacific and Palestine

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The Fiji NGO Coalition on human rights, and its solidarity partners took to the streets this morning in Suva, Fiji, peacefully calling for support from pacific leaders for freedom, decolonisation and human rights in Kanaky New Caledonia and West Papua. The peaceful protest comes after recent events in Kanaky New Caledonia resulting in lives lost, heavy build-up of French police...

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Japan’s nuclear wastewater discharge not a breach of Rarotonga Treaty, confirms Cook Islands PM

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Cook Islands Prime Minister and Forum Chairman Mark Brown has confirmed that Japan’s discharge of treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean does not...

Pacific Islands Forum to investigate Political crisis in New Caledonia

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The Pacific Islands Forum is sending a high-level delegation to New Caledonia to investigate the current political crisis in the French Territory before the...

Pacific Leaders and Japan reach consensus on controversial Nuclear Wastewater discharge

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In a significant meeting convened to address the controversial issue of Japan’s treated nuclear wastewater discharge into the Pacific Ocean, a consensus was reached...