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'It's the tone': Palau president explains his China mistrust

Fpo - He leads one of the world's smallest nations, but Surangel Whipps says Palau will not be bullied by anyone into deciding its future -- least of all by China.

Palau hails 'ray of light' Taiwan travel bubble

- Palau's president has declared the opening of a rare holiday travel bubble with Taiwan as a "ray of light" that shows the world is slowly emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.

Diplomatic allies Taiwan and Palau begin coronavirus travel bubble

Taoyuan - Taiwan and Palau launched a rare holiday travel bubble on Thursday as the two diplomatic allies try to kickstart their battered tourist industries after successfully keeping infections at bay.

Diplomatic allies Taiwan and Palau begin coronavirus travel bubble

Taoyuan - Taiwan and Palau launched what is being billed as Asia's first coronavirus travel bubble on Thursday as the two diplomatic allies try to kickstart their battered tourist industries after successfully keeping infections at bay.

Palau leader slams 'carrot and stick' China during Taiwan visit

Taipei - Palau's president on Monday compared the tiny Pacific nation's ties with China to an abusive relationship as he reaffirmed he had no plans to drop Taiwan during an official visit to Taipei.

Palau president visits Taiwan to open travel bubble

Taipei - Palau's leader flew into Taiwan on Sunday as the two coronavirus-free allies prepare to launch a travel corridor and boost their pandemic-hit tourist sectors.

Pacific Islands Forum split widens as more nations walk

- The Pacific Islands Forum plunged deeper into crisis Tuesday as four more nations vowed to leave because of a leadership dispute, upending diplomacy in a region where the United States and China are competing for influence.

Key Pacific body in crisis as Palau walks out

- Palau announced Friday it was quitting the Pacific Islands Forum over a leadership row, threatening the future of a key grouping in a region where China and the United States are vying for influence.

Voters to elect new president in virus-free Palau

- Voters in Palau head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new president for the tiny Pacific nation, one of the few places in the world to remain coronavirus-free.

Palau invites US military to build bases as China seeks regional clout

- The tiny Pacific nation of Palau has urged the United States military to build bases on its territory -- which lies in a region where Washington is pushing back against growing Chinese influence.

US defence chief says China 'destabilising' Pacific

- US Defense Secretary Mark Esper accused China of "destabilising" the Pacific region Friday on a whistle-stop trip to the tiny island nation of Palau.

Extreme isolation: world's last virus-free corners hold tight

- A coronavirus-free tropical island nestled in the northern Pacific may seem the perfect place to ride out a pandemic -- but residents on Palau say life right now is far from idyllic.

Palau becomes the first country to ban sunscreen to protect reefs

The Pacific nation of Palau becomes the first country to ban 'reef toxic' sunscreen, in an effort to prevent one threat of environmental damage to the reef ecosystem.

Palau bans 'reef-toxic' sunscreen

- Palau's pioneering ban on "reef-toxic" sunscreens took effect Wednesday as the tiny Pacific island nation introduced strict environmental measures that also include one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries.

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.

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.

Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral

- The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban "reef-toxic" sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.

Palau seeks help to counter China 'tourist ban'

- Palau's president has asked the United States and Japan to help its tourism industry after Beijing reportedly barred Chinese citizens from visiting the tiny Pacific island due to its diplomatic links with Taiwan.

Fugitive DHL heir arrested, jailed in Palau

- The fugitive DHL heir Larry Hillbroom Jr has been arrested and jailed in Palau after two days on the run, the Pacific island nation's attorney general said Saturday.

Pacific's Palau forces tourists to sign eco-pledge

- Visitors to the tiny Pacific nation of Palau are being made to sign a promise to respect the environment, in an innovative move that authorities hope will curb ecological damage caused by booming numbers of tourists.

US military to install radar in Pacific's Palau

- The United States has announced plans to install radar systems in Palau, a move that will increase its monitoring ability in the western Pacific region recently rocked by threats from North Korea.

Bodies of Japan WWII soldiers found in Palau cave

Sydney - The bodies of six soldiers, believed to be Japanese troops who fought in World War II, have been found in a reopened cave in the Pacific nation of Palau, a report said Wednesday.

Palau creates world's first shark sanctuary

The tiny Pacific nation of Palau has created the world's first shark sanctuary. Palau's President, Johnson Toribiong made the announcement during Friday's session of the UN General Assembly.

Palau to accept 17 Gitmo detainees

Palau, a tiny island nation in South Pacific, has agreed to accept 17 Chinese Uighur Muslim prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay. In exchange, the U.S. will give $200 million in aid to the island nation.

Op-Ed: Of Hobbits and Men

J.R.R. Tolkien is considered by many to be the father of modern fantasy writing. His tales of middle earth, of hobbits, orcs, trolls, wizards, and men have become classic literature and best selling movies. Could there have actually been real hobbits?

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