West Papuans cautious about SIG visit but remains hopeful

Civil society groups in West Papua including local non-governmental organisations, youth groups, students, women associations, church leaders and indigenous leaders are cautious about a surprise visit to West Papua by a Solomon Islands government delegation. The Solomon Islands government under…

What to make of the extraordinary story in Australia’s Fairfax newspapers on Tuesday about reported discussions between China and Vanuatu that could allow the People’s Liberation Army to establish a presence in the South Pacific nation? If true, there would be significant…
A wrap up of the 48th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting

September 14, 2017, by Tess Newton Cain, Matthew Dornan, DevPolicy Last week the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting was held in Apia, Samoa. The meeting’s theme, the ‘Blue Pacific’, was unsurprising given this year’s focus on oceans. But it was…

By Godwin Ligo, Mar 30, 2017, Vanuatu Daily Post In March 2017, China and Vanuatu celebrated the 35th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries and their people. In Port Vila, both the Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Lui Quan,…
New Mandala: West Papua worries

Olivia Tasevski – 30 Mar, 2017, New Mandala History shows that the province has been a perennial problem for the Australia-Indonesia relationship, writes Olivia Tasevski. In January 2017, Australia and Indonesia suffered yet another diplomatic spat due to Indonesian displeasure over…
A reframed Pacific regionalism: rise of the foreign ministers

September 13, 2016, by Matthew Dornan, Tess Newton Cain , DevPolicy In a post last September, we examined the first year of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism in the aftermath of the Port Moresby Pacific Island Forum leaders’ meeting. This year…