Sunday, April 21, 2019

Beijing intensifies lobbying of Pacific nations over Taiwan

Chinese officials have tried to convince two Pacific nations that the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) should accept that the Chinese Communist Party is the rightful government of both the mainland and Taiwan.

Pacific govts ‘should consider seabed mining impacts’

There is greater awareness now that biodiversity and life under the sea will be affected and these minerals that have taken thousands of years to deposit will be extracted without replenishment.

China ‘greatest long-term strategic threat,’ to US

US Indo-Pacific Command head, Admiral Philip Davidson, said Beijing uses ‘fear and coercion’ in an attempt to ‘expand its form of ideology in order to bend, break and replace the existing rules-based international order’.

What future for maritime boundaries?

What will they do if the markers they've used to trace sweeping boundaries across vast stretches of ocean slowly disappear beneath the waves?

Britain to send aircraft carrier to Pacific

The carrier, Britain's largest and most powerful warship, will carry its contingent of state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jets as well as US Marine Corps F-35s.

Tropical Cyclone Oma to batter Vanuatu

The heaviest rain is currently expected to remain north of Erromango into Friday, affecting the islands of Efate, Epi, Ambrym, Malekula, Pentecost, Ambae, Maewo and Espiritu Santo.

Engaging women and girls in science ‘vital’

The UN Secretary-General called for concerted efforts to overcome obstacles, tackle misconceptions about girls’ abilities, and promote access to learning opportunities for women and girls.

Where are the women in Pacific Parliaments?

When it comes to female representation in parliaments around the world, the only countries where women hold at least half the lower house seats are Rwanda, Cuba and Bolivia.

Australia buys attack submarines to counter Chinese

It is both Australia’s largest ever defence procurement project and Naval Group’s largest ever foreign sales deal.

China – New Zealand links sink to new low

This morning it was revealed the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism, which was meant to be launched at Te Papa museum next week, was postponed by China.