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Taiwan warns Pacific islands of China's 'empty promises' on aid

- Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warned Pacific island nations Thursday against "empty promises" of financial aid from China, as the Solomon Islands considers switching diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.

Australia's Pacific role challenged in climate row

Wellington - Influential Pacific island leaders have called for Australia to be ousted from the region's main regional grouping, criticising Canberra's "neo-colonial" attitudes and refusal to take urgent action on climate change.

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday backed Pacific leaders' calls for urgent action on climate change, ramping up pressure on Australia to overhaul its stance on global warming.

Australia offers climate funding to Pacific islands

Sydney - Australia announced a Aus$500 million ($340 million) climate change package for Pacific countries Tuesday but received a lukewarm response from low-lying island nations demanding urgent action from their powerful neighbour to curb its carbon emissions....

Australian coal use an 'existential threat' to islands: Fiji PM

Suva - Fiji on Monday challenged Australia to do more on climate change ahead of a regional summit of Pacific nations this week, warning Canberra's reliance on coal posed an "existential threat" to low-lying islands.

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Wellington - Pacific island leaders insist climate change, not China, will top the agenda when they meet in Tuvalu this month as western-aligned nations push to curb Beijing's growing influence in the region.

Palau tells Australia to step-up on climate

- Palau has called on Australia to do more to tackle climate change, saying the Pacific's "big brother" has an obligation to act on an issue that threatens the existence of its small island neighbours.

Plastic junk spawns desert island disaster in Pacific

Wellington - Floating plastic garbage has swamped a remote Pacific island once regarded as an environmental jewel and scientists say little can be done to save it while a throwaway culture persists.

Some reef islands resilient to climate change: study

Wellington - The Pacific's low-lying reef islands are likely to change shape in response to climate change, rather than simply sinking beneath rising seas and becoming uninhabitable as previously assumed, new research has found.

Under the dome: Fears Pacific nuclear 'coffin' is leaking

Majuro - As nuclear explosions go, the US "Cactus" bomb test in May 1958 was relatively small -- but it has left a lasting legacy for the Marshall Islands in a dome-shaped radioactive dump.

Take a bow: Samoa PM makes Pacific Games archery team

Wellington - Samoa's prime minister has turned back time to qualify for the archery competition at the Pacific Games at the grand age of 74.

UN chief concerned nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific

Suva - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised concerns Thursday that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific.

Australia admits failings in Pacific, as China looms

Sydney - Australia has admitted it had not focused enough attention on its Pacific backyard but vowed to make "long overdue" amends, amid growing Chinese influence in the region.

Australia revamps Pacific strategy as China looms

Sydney - With an eye on China's growing role in the Pacific, Australia on Thursday announced Aus$3 billion in financial enticements to boost its presence in the region, accompanied by a series of security and political initiatives.

Questions mount over delay after Cathay Pacific admits huge data leak

Fpo - Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific came under pressure Thursday to explain why it had taken five months to admit it had been hacked and compromised the data of 9.4 million customers, including passport numbers and credit card details.

Questions mount over delay after Cathay Pacific admits huge data leak

Fpo - Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific came under pressure Friday to explain why it had taken five months to admit it had been hacked and compromised the data of 9.4 million customers, including passport numbers and credit card details.

Body found inside plane days after it ditched into Pacific lagoon

Wellington - A male passenger's body has been found inside an airliner that ditched and sank in a lagoon last week after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island, officials said.

Plane ditches into Pacific lagoon

Majuro - Passengers were forced to swim for their lives Friday when an airliner ditched into a lagoon after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island and began sinking.

Nauru demands China apology over 'crazy' envoy

Yaren - Nauru's president has demanded China apologise for a top diplomat's "crazy" behaviour at the Pacific Islands Forum and lashed out at Beijing's "arrogant" presence in the region."They're not our friends.

Walkout, media bust ensure fiery start to Pacific summit

Yaren - The Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru began in dramatic fashion Tuesday, with Chinese diplomats storming out of a meeting and a New Zealand journalist detained for interviewing refugees held on the tiny island nation.

China visa spat hits Pacific summit in Nauru

Yaren - A visa row between China and host nation Nauru almost derailed the Pacific's largest annual diplomatic summit, it emerged Tuesday, exposing sensitivities about Beijing's rising influence in the region.

'Australia's Guantanamo' looms over Pacific summit

Pacific leaders meet in Nauru to discuss regional challenges this week, with the host nation keen to deflect attention from its Canberra-funded migration detention camp dubbed "Australia's Guantanamo" by critics.

Swimmer resumes Pacific crossing record attempt

Apo - A Frenchman attempting to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean said Wednesday he was resuming his bid, after storms forced him to suspend the ambitious undertaking."Back in the water today!

Media muzzled for Pacific summit at 'Australia's Guantanamo'

Wellington - The tiny Pacific island of Nauru -- home to a Canberra-funded refugee detention camp dubbed "Australia's Guantanamo" -- is limiting media access to the region's largest diplomatic summit, sparking claims it is trying to muzzle the press.

Australia vows to compete with China funding in Pacific

Sydney - Australia pledged Tuesday to provide Pacific nations with better funding to counter Chinese development money which it fears will leave some countries with massive debt burdens and undermine their sovereignty.

Australia hikes aid in Pacific as China pushes for influence

Sydney - Australia is refocussing its foreign aid programmes in a move to win hearts and minds in the island nations of the Pacific, as an increasingly assertive China flexes its muscles in the region.The country has pledged more than Aus$1.

Trump considers re-joining Pacific trade pact he once spurned

Washington - President Donald Trump said Thursday the US could re-enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership if it could get a "better" deal, potentially marking an abrupt about-face for a president who campaigned against the deal and swiftly withdrew from it after taking...

Pacific US military outpost eyes shifting strategic seas

- Life on Wake Island seems, much of the time, rather sedate.The blank "Flight Movement" board at this tiny airfield in the middle of the Pacific promises zero flights, and no movement.

'US presence matters' says admiral on carrier in the South China Sea

With a deafening roar the fighter jets catapulted off the US aircraft carrier and soared above the disputed South China Sea, as its admiral vowed that the mighty ship's presence was proof America still had regional clout.

China lodges protest against Australian 'white elephant' remarks

Bejing - China lodged a formal diplomatic protest on Wednesday after a senior Australian minister called Chinese infrastructure projects in the Pacific "white elephants", the latest spat in increasingly contentious relations.
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