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China slams NZ-U.S concerns over Pacific as ‘disinformation

Beijing has come out firing on Thursday after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and U.S President Joe Biden expressed concerns over China’s security agreement with Solomon Islands and its wider Pacific ambitions. Speaking from the Chinese capital, foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused the two leaders of trying to “deliberately hype up” issues from the South China Sea to Beijing’s ongoing...

Australian top diplomat Wong ramps up Pacific lobbying effort as she flies out to Samoa and Tonga

Australian top diplomat Penny Wong is embarking on her third international trip since being sworn in as foreign affairs minister and will travel to two more Pacific countries – Samoa and Tonga – as Australia and China vie for influence in the region. Before boarding her flight on Wednesday evening, Wong said Australia would “increase our contribution to regional security”...

China accuses Australia and its allies of cold war mentality

Some Pacific Island leaders have likened China’s development engagements in the region to that of the cold war era. However, the Chinese Embassy in Fiji has pushed back saying these claims are only fueled by the cold war mentality. Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong was among the first to express concerns on the motive behind Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister, Wang...

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022: 100 days to go

Sevens fans only have 100 days to wait until the best 40 teams from across the globe arrive in Cape Town to contest Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022. The much-anticipated showpiece tournament is set to put an exclamation mark on the end of a thrilling year of sevens. In London last weekend we were given a glimpse of the ultra-competitive action...

New Zealand urges U.S engagement with Pacific Island States

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged President Joe Biden to engage more with Pacific Island states amid China's concerted push to increase its clout in the region when she met with the U.S leader at the White House on Tuesday. “We'll be encouraging the United States to really continue and strengthen engagement in our region, including economic engagement, which...

U.S expresses commitment to Pacific islands that rejected China pact

The U.S said on Tuesday that it was committed to supporting nations in the Pacific Ocean region. The words have come just a day after ten Pacific nations rejected a pact with China. The U.S said Beijing's own actions showed how opaque its offer was. The rejection of the pact is being seen as a diplomatic setback to China. State Department spokesman...

Convicted after June 2002 are permanently disqualified to contest in PNG General Election

Persons convicted of offences and sentenced to more than nine months from 2002 upward are disqualified for life from contesting the Papua New Guinea national elections. This is the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court consisting of five senior judges in a special Supreme Court reference. The judges made the decision when interpreting various questions of law in a reference filed...

NZ wants reset at Pacific Islands Forum

New Zealand is hopeful the Pacific's reticence to sign a wide-ranging trade and security alignment with China this week could lead to a reversion of in-house regionalism. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi is currently touring the blue continent, signing off on a contentious security tie-up with the Solomon Islands and inking fresh economic-based deals with Kiribati and Samoa. The centrepiece of...

Fiji in dominant position says political academic

Fiji is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the tussle between China and Western countries for greater recognition in the Pacific. Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi is currently on a marathon visit to Fiji and other Pacific Island nations, calling it a mission of peace, friendship, and cooperation. Academic, Professor Tarcisius Kabutaulaka at the University of Hawai’i’s Department of Pacific Studies...

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

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...

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