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China, Solomons ink draft of controversial security pact, 31 Mar
"drawing concerns from traditional partners New Zealand, Australia and the United States"
Readout of Senior Administration Travel to Hawaii, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands
China's security deal with Solomons raises alarm in Pacific, 6 Apr
"Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. have all expressed alarm"
Statement by Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the Establishment of the Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP)
Australia says its navy can resume visits to Solomon Islands, 6 Sep
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong confirmed to reporters that military ships from New Zealand and Fiji would also be allowed to visit the South Pacific nation. [...]Asked if she was disappointed the U.S. wasn't also given an exemption, Wong said the Solomon Islands had indicated it was making its decisions on a case-by-case basis."They are a sovereign nation and that's a matter for them," Wong told the broadcaster. "What I would say is that the U.S. has a long history of presence in the Pacific, going back to World War II."
Statement by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the First U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit
PIC (1971 Pacific Islands Forum): AU, NZ; Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Vanuatu
QUAD (2007 mil): US, AU, JP, IN (2021), KR* (2022)
PBP (2022 NGO): US, UK, NZ, JP, EU
IPEF (2022 NGO): US, AU, JP, IN, NZ, KR, ID*, BN*, MY*, PH*, SG*, TH*, VN*
by Cat on Fri Sep 9th, 2022 at 10:36:01 PM EST
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Kapmark | Dunderheaded Diplomacy: Australia's Funding Offer to the Solomon Islands, 9 Sep
What is it about Australian diplomacy that makes it so clumsy and dunderheaded? Is it the harsh delivery, the tactless expression, or the inability to do things with subtle reflection? On September 6, Australian diplomacy gave another display of such form with Foreign Minister Penny Wong's remarks about the Solomon Islands elections.
After the bitter, condescending tenure of the Morrison government, which saw South Pacific states mocked for their climate change concerns, Canberra's perceived paternalism is not welcome. The statement that thundered Canberra's way was one of stern disapproval. "The timing of the public media announcement by the Australian government is in effect a strategy to influence how Members of Parliament will vote on this Bill during the second reading on Thursday 8th September 2022."....
Reuters | Solomon Islands votes to delay election despite opposition, 8 Sep
Sogavare said he was rushing the legislation through because of the risk of protests. The bill, which passed with 37 votes in favour to 10 against, changes the constitution to allow the election to be delayed until 2024 from 2023. Two lawmakers were absent....
archived fweedom and fiefdom, English law, Empire Building South-East Asia
by Cat on Sun Sep 11th, 2022 at 01:38:23 PM EST
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