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Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 9 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Solomon Islands political tensions In Solomon Islands, tensions between the provincial government of Malaita and the national government continue… Read More

Listening in on US–China relations

Professor Kai He shares insights on US-China relations. Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, claims that US President Donald Trump has put together a ‘war council’ to take down the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over? Dr Susan Harris Rimmer shares her insights. Read More

China’s footprint in the Pacific

Sheldon Chanel shares commentary on the recent "China In the Pacific" webinar as China’s footprint in the Pacific is expected to grow despite the impact of COVID-19. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 26 August

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  COVID-19 vaccine concerns in Papua New Guinea The race to find a vaccine for COVID-19 and the attendant geopolitical… Read More

Chinese trawlers and the Galapagos: The protection challenge

Ecuadorian authorities in Guayaquil spotted a fleet of 260 Chinese boats fishing in the area around the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Melodie Ruwet shares her insights. Read More

No war with China, cold or hot

Emeritus Professor Colin Mackerras says "Australia must say no to any war with China, cold or hot. We must not follow US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in characterising US-China relations" Read More

Business should beware ensnarement in China controversies

Rowan Callick says, Australian business leaders should consider using this challenging COVID era to deepen their relations with Chinese counterparts and understanding of China’s markets rather than to promote a greater priority for commercial interests in political debate. Read More

We can’t allow Pacific leaders to use coronavirus as a cover for authoritarianism

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Across the Pacific, leaders are holding fast to the old political maxim. Some, even, seem happy to have the Covid-19 crisis around. Read More

Payne and Reynolds leave Washington with key ‘wins’—and room to disagree with US on China

Rowan Callick says the Australian team went to 'unusual lengths' to participate in this week’s annual Australia-US ministerial (AUSMIN) talks in Washington. Read More

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