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Japan, Pacific nations share concerns over China’s pact with Solomons

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Japan, Fiji and Palau share the same concerns over a security pact China recently signed with the Solomon Islands, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Sunday as he wrapped up a trip to the two Pacific island nations. Hayashi told an online press conference from Palau that the pact could have a "significant impact” on the security of the Pacific and...

Tongan Legislative Assembly to unseat members

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A meeting of the Tongan Legislative Assembly will be held on 16 May to unseat two Members of Parliament from their seats, after their elections were voided by the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa. The date for the meeting was announced on 04 May, before a third member of parliament had his election declared void by the Court. Three other election petitions...

Yoshimasa discusses regional issues with PIF SG

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Visiting Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister, Hayashi Yoshimasa and Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General have discussed regional affairs concerning the security environment of our region. The Minister held a meeting with Henry Puna Saturday. Yoshimasa says the relationship with the Pacific Islands Forum is important. The two leaders confirmed the importance of working together for regional peace and stability, including frank dialogue in...

Pacific NGOs call on Japanese Foreign Minister to reconsider plans to dump radioactive nuclear waste in the Pacific Pacific NGOs call on Japanese Foreign Minister to reconsider...

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The Pacific Collective on Nuclear Issues (the Collective) is calling on Japan's Foreign Minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, who visited Fiji and Palau on the weekend, to reconsider Japan's plans to dump over one million tonnes of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean as early as next year. According to the Japanese Government, Minister Hayasi toured the two Pacific states to promote...

DFAT tells Chinese officials of ‘serious concerns’ about Solomon Islands security pact

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Australian officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have used rare talks with their Chinese counterparts to raise “serious concerns” about Beijing's new security pact with Solomon Islands and to stress the depth of Australia's connections with the Pacific. Mid-ranking public servants from both countries held the virtual talks on the Pacific last Friday. The ABC was told...

Bach says Brisbane 2032 will be Olympics “for the whole Pacific region”

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach claimed the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics will be a Games for the whole Pacific region on a visit to the host city. Bach attended an Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Olympics Unleashed event, which saw young people participating in a series of sporting activities. The visit continued Bach's Oceanian tour, following his attendance at...

Hurricanes beat Fijian Drua 67-5 in 11-try victory

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Fullback Josh Moorby scored three tries and winger Wes Goosen two as the Wellington-based Hurricanes beat the Fijian Drua 67-5 on Sunday in a match which saw three notable debuts in Super Rugby Pacific. The Hurricanes unveiled a special new talent in 21-year-old No. 8 Tyler Laubscher, who had numerous carries and a key role in several of the Hurricanes’...

Waratahs reel in Pasifika to claim comeback victory

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Coach Darren Coleman is a relieved man after the NSW Waratahs dug deep to secure a vital 26-20 Super Rugby Pacific comeback win over Moana Pasifika in Auckland. Tackle-shedding centre Izaia Perese starred as the Waratahs overturned a 17-point first-half deficit to keep their finals hopes alive on Saturday. Despite the defeat, there were still joyous celebrations for Moana Pasifika as...

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister defends China-SI security pact

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Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele has rejected claims that the security treaty with China provides for the establishment of a military or naval base. This came after some Solomon Islands traditional partners, members of United Nation, talked about a ‘red line’ and ‘responding appropriately’ should China set up a military base in Solomon Islands. There are even talk of invasion...

US$300 million yacht of sanctioned Russian Oligarch seized by Fiji at request of U.S

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Fijian law enforcement executed a seizure warrant freezing the Motor Yacht Amadea (the Amadea), a 348-foot luxury vessel owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov. Fijian law enforcement, with the support and assistance of the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigations (FFB)I, acted pursuant to a mutual legal assistance request from the U.S Department of Justice following issuance of a seizure...

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