PNG security deal: Anthony Albanese makes dig at China in parliament address

Anthony Albanese is poised to ink a new security deal with his counterpart in Papua New Guinea as Australia looks to counter Chinese influence in the Pacific. The Australian Prime Minister will emphasise the need for a “family first” approach to regional security when he foreshadows the signing of the new bilateral treaty in a … Read more

Solomon Islands hit by powerful earthquakes, tsunami warning cancelled, shocks hit south-west of Honiara

Children ran and traffic jammed as a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rocked the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara on Tuesday, while a major aftershock struck nearby 30 minutes later. Key points: A magnitude-7.0 quake triggered a tsunami warning Solomon Islands Meteorological Service later said there was no tsunami threat A second quake registered magnitude-6.0 There were no immediate reports … Read more

AFP confirms it received budget funding to set up a new Solomon Islands police training centre

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) says it received funding in the budget to further ramp up assistance to Solomon Islands police, including by building a new training centre to help police respond to riots and “accelerating” moves to rearm officers in the Pacific Island country. Key points: The AFP says most of the money will go to fund the deployment … Read more

China to gift water cannon trucks, vehicles to Solomon Islands police days after Australian donation

China will today donate at least two water cannon trucks and a host of vehicles to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), in yet another sign that it is intent on entrenching its position as a major security partner in the country. Key points: The equipment will be handed over at a ceremony involving Manasseh … Read more

Australian Federal Police gives Solomon Islands police semi-automatic rifles, vehicles

The Australian Federal Police has donated dozens of semi-automatic rifles to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), in what diplomats have called a “landmark” step up in security cooperation. Key points: This week Australia has sent 60 MK18 rifles and 13 new police vehicles to Solomon Islands Australian Federal Police says it is providing local officers with “enhanced capabilities” ahead … Read more

30 dead in massacre on PNG’s Kiriwina Island after tribal warfare

Thirty people are reported to have been killed on Kiriwina Island in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province. Kiriwina-Goodenough MP Douglas Tomuriesa told PNG newspaper Post Courier on Tuesday 30 people were dead and many others seriously injured in the worst tribal warfare on the island ever recorded. There is currently little detail known about … Read more

Australia, PNG inch closer to inking security treaty as defence minister tours the Pacific island nation

Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles has flagged that he wants to significantly expand defence cooperation across the Pacific, starting with an “ambitious” bid to expand military ties and sign a security treaty with Papua New Guinea. Key points: PNG’s Foreign Minister Justin Tkatchenko expressed interest in a formal treaty with Australia back in August Richard Marles … Read more

Eric Vavaki faces possible deportation to Solomon Islands after paralysis leaves him homeless and unable to work

Solomon Islands man Eric Vavaki worked so hard on fishing trawlers off the Queensland coast, there was no point in having a permanent home on land. Key points: Eric Vavaki has been unable to find wheelchair-accessible accommodation or continue work after a car crash Unable to work and with nowhere to live, Mr Vavaki faces an … Read more

Biden hosts first ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington

CNN  —  President Joe Biden is hosting the first ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit this week, a multi-day event in Washington focused on cooperation with the United States’ countries in the Pacific region. Biden’s effort to strengthen ties with the nations by having the summit comes amid the US’ increased focus on countering China’s global … Read more

Pacific nation leaders in Washington as US seeks to deepen ties | News

US President Joe Biden will host leaders from the Pacific Islands this week in what the White House is billing as a first-of-its-kind regional leaders summit in Washington, amid increasing rivalry between the United States and China in the Pacific. The two-day summit will kick off on September 28 and feature a dinner between Biden … Read more