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China’s foreign minister visits Tonga after Pacific islands delay regional pact

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday signed agreements in Tonga for police equipment and fisheries cooperation on a tour through the Pacific islands region where Beijing's ambitions for wider security ties has caused concern among U.S allies. Pacific island nations were unable to reach consensus in a meeting with Wang a day earlier over a sweeping regional trade and...

Sio heads to Fiji as NZ government faces pressure over China

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Pacific Minister Aupito William Sio is set to travel to Fiji Wednesday while Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta is under increased pressure over Pacific relationships. Sio, who is also associate foreign affairs minister, will travel to Fiji from tomorrow to meet with Pacific ministers, and return on Saturday. He said he would be discussing shared concerns with other large ocean states, aiming...

Outcry as China stops Pacific journalists questioning Wang Yi

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Journalists covering the Chinese foreign minister’s tour of the Pacific say they have been blocked from filming or accessing events, and that not a single question from a Pacific journalist has been allowed to be asked of Wang Yi. The allegations raise serious press freedom concerns and alarm about the ability of Pacific journalists to do their jobs, particularly as...

Pacific’s delicate dance with China is fraught with danger. Australia must reclaim the floor

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Opinion by Ben Bohane China’s offering of a comprehensive security and economic pact to 10 Pacific nations shows it is confidently moving from a bilateral to a multilateral approach to the Pacific, and one that increasingly links trade with security. It is also an attempt to supplant the existing regional architecture of organisations like the Pacific Islands Forum. As competing...

Olympic qualification at stake as bumper HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 schedule announ

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A blockbuster schedule for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 has been announced today with a full roster of teams and hosts as the dynamic, high octane Olympic sport continues to grow, evolve and engage new fans around the globe. The competition will be intense from start to finish with the prize of Olympic Games Paris 2024 qualification on...

Sydney Sevens to return as 2022-23 World Rugby Sevens Series calendar is confirmed

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The Sydney Sevens is set to make its long-awaited return as World Rugby announces the Sevens Series for the 2022-23 calendar. It is slated to be held on 27-29 January as part of the expanded series, the first time it will be played in Australia since 2020. Australia will enter as the defending women's World Series champions, whilst the men currently...

Niue:Tiny Pacific island nation declares bold plan to protect 100 percent of its ocean

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The Pacific island state of Niue has announced that it will protect 100 percent of the ocean in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which spans 317,500 sq km (122,000 sq miles), roughly the area of Vietnam. The water that surrounds one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls is the only place where the katuali is found – a sea...

Last election’ for Bougainville: President Toroama

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Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) President Ishmael Toroama says this general election will be the final election that Bougainville will take part in. He said Bougainville was preparing for the final political settlement (not before 2025 and no later than 2027) in its quest for political independence. “This election is very crucial to the future of Bougainville and who we elect as...

Natural disasters increases burden on telecom infrastructure in the Pacific: Puna

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By Dionisia Tabureguci Marked increases in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters in the Pacific region are forcing a rethink of ways to build better resilience into telecommunications infrastructure in the region, said Henry Puna, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva. Puna was keynote speaker at the 26th Annual General Meeting’s Business Forum and Expo...

China shelves regional trade and security deal with Pacific island nations

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China has shelved its plan to sign a regional agreement with Pacific island nations. Foreign Minister Wang Yi has been travelling to Pacific nations and had planned to visit 10 countries in the two-week blitz. Wang says China will instead release a position paper following a meeting with Pacific foreign ministers in Fiji on Monday. “After meeting, China will release its own...

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