Trump meets Pacific islands leaders to boost U.S ties

President Donald Trump met Tuesday at the White House with the leaders of the tiny, but strategic states of Micronesia and other Pacific island nations to underline the leading U.S role in the region. The brief but symbolic meeting demonstrated U.S support at a time when Washington is pushing back against expanding Chinese influence in the Pacific.

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The Pacific must protect its interests

China’s noticeably growing influence in the region in recent years, especially in substantial investments in infrastructure development, has been met with mixed feelings. Some welcome the ‘visitors’ from the East and their investments, dubbing the move the ‘China alternative’, while many question their interest and motives in the region.

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Dame Meg Taylor maintains ‘Pacific Solidarity’ stance

SUVA- The importance of a united Pacific has been stressed by Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General; Dame Meg Taylor as geopolitical tensions continue to weigh on the region.Using the term, Blue Pacific, coined during the 2017 Forum Leaders meeting in Apia, Samoa; she said the Pacific Island nations are stewards of the Pacific Ocean and its resources and our boundaries need to be secured.

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Telecom Fiji Partners with Huawei in Ultra-fast Fiber Broadband

Telecom Fiji Limited has partnered with Huawei to deploy the first ultra-fast fiber broadband in the South Pacific Islands. Both Telecom Fiji and Huawei jointly announced the successful deployment of its 10G Passive Optical all fiber network – the ultra-fast fiber broadband and 1st of its kind in the Islands of the South Pacific region.

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MSG Secretariat to host workshop to finalize ‘MSG Needs-based Climate Finance Strategy’

The MSG Secretariat in close collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat will host a workshop on April 10 – 11, 2019 at the MSG headquarters in Port Vila, Vanuatu on validating the country climate finance assessments, needs and priorities to finalize the MSG Needs-based Climate Finance Strategy and to develop a Means of Implementation Framework.

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Australian Government increases its aid funding to PNG

The Australian Government has increased its aid funding to PNG with an increase of around K85 million. Around K1.4 billion will go towards the Australian Governments initiatives, the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby says it will directly benefit the lives of Papua New Guineans.

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