Authors: Kaitu’u ‘i Pangai Funaki and Yoichiro Sato CAN Japan count on the Pacific islands countries (PICs) to support its regional strategy. The short answer is, it is doubtful. The PICs perceive themselves as being in a one-way relationship wherein…

BY Islands Business correspondent Nic Maclellan at the Pacific Islands Forum, Nauru Pacific leaders will consider a new Biketawa Plus declaration on regional security, as they gather in Nauru for the 49th Pacific Islands Forum. The draft statement describes climate…
Vanuatu: flailing, not drowning

Source: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/ On Monday The Australian published an article titled “Pacific nations drowning in Chinese debt”. It suggests that a large number of recent “white elephant” projects are becoming an unsustainable burden on Pacific Islands countries. Although this contains a kernel of truth, it’s not accurate to…

By The Australian – January 29, 2018 IN one of the most significant strategic assessments to emerge from the Pentagon for decades, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has identified Russia and China as greater threats to US national security than Islamic terrorism. Australia,…

Source: AAP, SBS News Seven Pacific island nations have called for a UN investigation into allegations of human rights abuses in Indonesia’s West Papua and Papua provinces, where a separatist movement has simmered for decades. A statement to a session of…