US hypocrisy in the Pacific

The prime minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, was in Canberra in October on an official visit during which he gave yet another undertaking that he would never allow his country to house foreign military bases.  He was referring specifically to unfounded claims that China intends to build a naval base in the Solomon […]

US displays hypocrisy in the Pacific with double standards and lies about China

This file photo taken on April 24, 2010 shows planes and helicopters stationed at the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma base in Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture, Japan. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP) The prime minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, was in Canberra recently on an official visit during which he gave yet another undertaking […]

New Zealand signs new partnership agreement with Cook Islands

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during an interview in Wellington, New Zealand Dec 15, 2020. (JONATHON MOLLOY / REUTERS) WELLINGTON – New Zealand signed a new partnership agreement with the Cook Islands on Friday.The new Statement of Partnership reflected a commitment to work together on issues of shared interests and importance, recognized the […]

US should heed Pacific Island countries’ concerns

Ahead of the meeting with Pacific Island leaders that US President Joe Biden hosted on Wednesday and Thursday, the White House claimed that the focus of the first US-Pacific Islands Country Summit would be "broadening and deepening cooperation on key issues such as climate change, pandemic response, economic recovery, maritime security, environmental protection, and advancing […]

Erdogan accuses Greece of ‘occupying’ demilitarized islands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets during Turkish Armed Forces Day to mark the 100th anniversary of Türkiye's victory against the Greek army in the Dumlupinar Battle in 1922, at Anitkabir, at the mausoleum of Turkish Republic's Founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey on Aug 30, 2022. (DEM ALTAN / AFP) ISTANBUL – Turkish […]

Taiwan’s translation project risky for cross-Straits ties

The pro-independent forces in Taiwan have been making dangerous moves ever since the Democratic Progressive Party assumed power on the island in 2016, heightening tensions across the Straits. And after the Russia-Ukraine conflict broke out, some people have launched a "Great Translation Movement" aimed at smearing the mainland. The translation project selectively chooses extreme views […]

US, Japan, Australia, NZ, UK form informal Pacific group

Local people try fishing in Pacific island nation Kiribati. (PHOTO  PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY) The United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom launched an informal group aimed at boosting economic and diplomatic ties with Pacific island nations, the White House said on Friday. The group, dubbed Partners in the Blue Pacific, will seek […]

Australia seeks own sphere of influence

Australia’s immediate reaction to the agreement signed by China and the Solomon Islands has been to give it closer scrutiny. However, Australia’s overstretch rather confirms that nothing in the agreement says China is bent on establishing a military base in the Pacific, as was alleged by some Australian officials. Occasionally, China’s Navy may drop anchor […]