Solomons academic calls for caution over Taiwan/China decision

Solomon Islands government should exercise caution as it considers whether to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan or switch to China, an academic says. Last week, amid diplomatic visits from both Australia and New Zealand, the Solomon Islands foreign minister, Jeremiah Manele, said the government would take its time to make an informed decision.

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International Energy Agency develops pathway to ambitious 1.5C climate goal

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is developing a scenario for holding global warming below 1.5C that could be included in its influential annual outlook this year. The agency’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) came under fire in an April letter from business leaders, scientists, and campaigners for not considering the tougher temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.

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Securing maritime boundaries and baselines is securing the future of the Pacific, says PIF SG

The Pacific needs to strongly secure its future as a Blue Pacific continent – particularly in the increasing geostrategic competition between major global powers, namely the U.S and China. Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, who’s just returned from the Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore reiterated the need for Pacific countries to raise climate change as a security issue for the region – particularly in dealing with new and emerging powers showing interest in the Pacific region.

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Hong Kong protesters storm key road next to government offices amid chaotic scenes

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chaotic scenes erupted in Hong Kong early on Wednesday as thousands of demonstrators stormed a key road next to government offices to protest against a proposed extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. Television pictures showed thousands of protesters rallying in and around Lung Wo Road, an important east-west artery near the offices of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as hundreds of riot police warned them to stop advancing.

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