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U.S calls on Australia to increase 2030 emission reduction pledge to help prevent ‘greater destruction’

The U.S will urge Australia to increase its 2030 emission reduction pledge this year, with a senior official declaring it was “a long time ago” when the Abbott government set the target the Morrison government says is “fixed”. The assistant U.S secretary of state for environmental affairs, Monica Medina, said the U.S was “determined that everyone raise ambition” in tackling...

East Timor heads to polls to pick next president

East Timor's citizens head to the polls on Tuesday to choose either a Nobel laureate or a former guerrilla fighter - the incumbent president - as their next leader. Polling stations in South-east Asia's youngest country open at 7am for what is a rematch of a 2007 election won handily by former revolutionary hero and peace prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta. Nearly...

China, Solomon Islands pact would set ‘concerning precedent’, United States warns

The United States has warned a proposed security pact between Solomon Islands and China may destabilise the Pacific Island nation and set a "concerning precedent" for the region. State Department spokesman Ned Price made the comment as the White House confirmed reports that top U.S official Kurt Campbell would visit Solomon Islands later this week. Campbell, the Indo-Pacific coordinator of the...

UBS faces 10-year ban from PNG as royal commission delivers verdict

UBS Australia could face a ten-year ban from doing business in Papua New Guinea over its role in a controversial US$1.3 billion (US$956 million) loan to the Pacific nation, which has been the subject of a royal commission. Counsel assisting the commission has recommended the Swiss Bank’s Australian unit, law firm Norton Rose and certain individuals involved in the 2014...

John Kerry says the Ocean is finally getting the attention it deserves in the Climate Change fight

By Amy Gunia John Kerry is a lifelong ocean lover and a long-time advocate for their protection. It’s this passion which led the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate to start the Our Ocean conference in 2014 during his time as Secretary of State in the Obama Administration. The annual meeting brings together countries, civil society, and businesses to cooperate...

U.S top officials to visit Solomons, Fiji, PNG on China pact concern

White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell and the U.S State Department's top official for Asia will travel this week to the Solomon Islands amid concerns that the Pacific country is making a security pact with China. Campbell and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Kritenbrink, will lead a delegation to the Solomon Islands, Fiji and...

Solomon Islands official warns country’s leader ‘trying to cement power’ through China security pact

A policy advisor for the Opposition in the Pacific nation has spoken out against a deal with China which would allow the Communist power to build a military base on the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands Prime Minister agreed to a controversial security pact with China to cement his political power, a policy advisor for the Opposition in the Pacific...

Fiji Police await AG’s advice on Russian yacht Amadea investigation

Fiji's Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says they are waiting on the advice of the Attorney General for the next direction in relation to the investigation into the Russian yacht – Amadea. The Amadea is being investigated for possible breaches of Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone and money laundering. Qiliho told FBC News their U.S counterparts have made submissions to the...

Cook Islands retrace its breadfruit roots

The Cook Islands and kuru (breadfruit) share a long and interesting history. It was the English explorer Captain James Cook who was the first European to navigate through these groups of islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and it was on one of those voyages that Cook stumbled upon the humble tropical food crop in what is now Tahiti, and...

Canberra’s tired old script has led to a less democratic Solomon Islands and a less secure Australia

By Celsus Irokwato Talifilu China must be hoping that Australia persists in its “business as usual” approach to Solomon Islands. An appeasement policy by Australia towards the Solomons prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has been outstandingly successful for Beijing over the past few years, and the CCP’s muscular actions in the South Pacific in the last six months seem to anticipate...

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