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Australia minister asks Solomon Islands not to sign China security pact

An Australian minister met with the leader of the Solomon Islands on Wednesday and asked him not to sign a proposed security agreement between the Pacific island nation and China that Australia opposes. Despite a national election campaign putting the Australian government in “caretaker” mode, when ministers traditionally avoid diplomatic engagement with other governments, Minister for International Development and the...

U.S military leader warns Chinese security deal with Solomon Islands sounds ‘too good to be true’

A senior U.S military general has warned during a visit to Australia that China’s offer to deepen security ties with Solomon Islands will come with strings attached, suggesting the Pacific island country may come to regret the planned deal. “My parents told me if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” the commandant of the United...

Morrison hits out at ‘heavy-handed’ approach to Pacific Islands

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says any suggestion that the Solomon Islands is “under the control of Australia” is “offensive” and risks a “heavy-handed” approach to the Pacific region. Morrison said he had been in regular contact with Fiji Prime Minister Bainimarama, who is the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum. “We will continue to work through these sensitive issues as...

MP Kenilorea raises concern over leaked documents to arm Chinese embassy personnel

The Chairman for Solomon Islands Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee Peter Kenilorea Junior says the ‘leaked’ diplomatic note on arming Chinese embassy personnel in Solomon Islands is a serious concern. Kenilorea said what has unfolded is a clear indication that citizens of this country had been fed with half-truths all along. In a statement, Opposition MP Kenilorea said the leaked documents have...

A Call to Protect Our Pacific Ocean: Pacific Parliamentarians’ Alliance on Deep Sea Mining

A healthy ocean is essential for the proper functioning of our planet, indeed for vibrant life on Earth. But today, we face yet another human endeavour that threatens to undermine the health of our ocean – the reckless haste to pursue deep sea mining, beginning in our Pacific Ocean. Not too long ago, the global community applauded the dedication of...

Fiji 7s coach Ben Gollings: “It’s a pretty incredible start”

Fiji’s victory at the Singapore Sevens last weekend was remarkable on a number of levels. The Olympic champions were playing in their first World Series tournament since Dubai and were given a rude awakening with a first-ever defeat to Ireland in their opening game. It wasn’t the start that new head coach Ben Gollings envisaged or hoped for but they bounced...

Tough task awaits Seruvakula to name final Fijiana squad

Fijiana Drua Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula will want to finish on a high note in the Super W competition next week. Seruvakula’s players were put to the test in last week’s clash against Brumbies and impressed the Head Coach by outclassing the Canberra-based side 17-7. Seruvakula has a tough job ahead of them when he selects his final team. He says players...

Vunivalu back at last on familiar Melbourne stage

Suliasi Vunivalu is back at last. The dynamic Fijian finisher now has at least seven games in Super Rugby Pacific to force his way into the Wallabies. Vunivalu’s selection on the wing for the Queensland Reds is a fresh and exciting dimension to Friday night’s clash against the improving Melbourne Rebels in Melbourne. If there are early nerves in his first match...

Seventh Our Ocean conference opens in Palau

The Republic of Palau and the United States opened the 7th Our Ocean Conference (OOC) today, marking the first time this event has been held in a small island developing state (SIDS). For SIDS, this underscores the critical role and leadership of indigenous peoples and local communities in tackling the climate change and ocean crises. Palau and the United States organised...

Australian PM Morrison will ‘continue to press’ Solomon Islands over China influence

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will continue to press the Solomon Islands amid its security pact with China if the Coalition is re-elected for another term. Morrison was asked what his government would do to ensure China would not establish a military base in the Solomon Islands while on the campaign trail on Tuesday. “Well, you heard from the...

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