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John Rosso announced as PNG deputy PM

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has announced Member for Lae and Minister for Lands John Rosso as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister going into the election and beyond. He will be sworn in on Wednesday this week. Marape has also announced Hagen MP and SOE Minister William Duma acting Prime Minister while he is away attending the 37th Australia...

Labor leader Anthony Albanese to be sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister

Anthony Albanese will today be sworn in as Australia's 31st prime minister, as his incoming Labor government takes power after almost a decade of Coalition rule. The weekend's election result has the Liberal Party on the hunt for a new leader, with Peter Dutton emerging as the most likely replacement for Scott Morrison. Albanese will be sworn in with his deputy...

Pacific leaders congratulate Labor’s Albanese on election result

The Solomon Islands has congratulated Australia's Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, on his election victory, saying much “remains to be done” in the bilateral relationship, as Pacific islands neighbour Fiji welcomed the party's climate policies. Albanese said he would be sworn in as the 31st prime minister on Monday along with four senior party members, even as vote counting continues, before...

China seeks more island security pacts to boost clout in Pacific

China is intensifying its drive for influence in the Pacific by negotiating security deals with two additional island nations following a pact with the Solomon Islands, according to officials in the U.S and allied countries. Beijing’s talks with Kiribati, a Pacific island nation 3,000km from Hawaii where U.S Indo-Pacific Command is based, are the most advanced, the officials said. “They are...

Nuclear expert reaffirms harm of dumping nuclear-contaminated water into ocean, calls on Japan to stop pressuring opposition voices

Experts have reaffirmed the inevitable radioactive pollution to be caused by the dumping of nuclear-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean after Japan last Wednesday initially approved the discharge plan. They demanded the Japanese government to stop pressuring those opposed to the plan and to truly listen to concerns from domestic public and international community, as...

Covid-free Pacific islands look to rejoin the world

Two of the last four remaining Covid-free nations in the world are preparing to open their borders to re-join the Covid world. The Federated States of Micronesia has announced its plan to open its borders without quarantine beginning 01 August. Meanwhile, the Marshall Islands has gradually reduced its quarantine requirements since late last year and the country’s top government administrator said...

‘Quad’ security group plans system to track illegal fishing by China

The U.S, Japan, Australia and India will on Tuesday unveil a maritime initiative aimed at curbing illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific, a U.S official said, in the latest effort by the “Quad” to counter Chinese activity in the region. President Joe Biden and the other Quad leaders — Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and newly...

NZ government commits to Pacific broadcasting in the region

New Zealand's Budget will commit NZ$4.4 million (US$2.8 million) for a new transmitter for RNZ Pacific ensuring the future of the service. RNZ Pacific broadcasts into the wider Pacific on shortwave 24 hours a day, collaborating with 22 broadcasting partners across the region. Its current primary transmitter is nearing end of life, and its other transmitter has in effect already been...

SPREP Director General Sefanaia Nawadra statement for International Day for Biodiversity 2022

Pacific Islanders who live as our forefathers lived celebrate biodiversity every day. Every day is biodiversity day. Our native and endemic species and the habitats in which they exist are woven into the fabric of our traditions, cultures, livelihoods and economies. Preserving our Pacific biodiversity is central preserving our identity and our future – it is the very ethos of...

Fiji and New Zealand the winners after a brilliant HSBC France Sevens

Fiji’s men and New Zealand’s women turned on the style to win the HSBC France Sevens in Toulouse on Sunday. Ireland, led by the excellent Terry Kennedy, played some impressive rugby to reach their first ever men’s Cup final, but in the final the Fijians - off the back of gold in Singapore and silver in Vancouver, Canada – were...

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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

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

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