The battle for influence in the sparsely populated Pacific matters because each island state has a vote at international forums like the United Nations, and they control vast swathes of resource-rich ocean.
Fish from offshore and coastal waters can be found on our dinner tables more often than not and is essential for the food security of Pacific islanders.
As China extends its influence across the Pacific, Palau is one of Taipei’s 18 remaining allies worldwide and is under pressure to switch allegiances, said officials and business people there.
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The perfect Sunday afternoon involves sharing tasty - preferably un-fussy - food, a few chilled beverages and some good conversation.
China’s President Xi has had enough. Censorship is rife. The Bible is banned. And he has put millions of people in detention camps.
Residents of the island in Vanuatu have been forced from their homes by an erupting volcano, not knowing when they will return.
The Independent Online news has an exclusive interview with the new Air Vanuatu CEO, Derek Nice.
Political bodies are cool about it while opinion polls in New Caledonia suggest it will remain French.
Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu’ portrait exhibition attempts to show and tell positive stories of people from Vanuatu from an artist’s point of view.