President Biden announces $810 million in funding for the Pacific Islands at a rare summit in Washington and pledged to assist the region's pressing issues like climate crisis, maritime security and overfishing.
"You can count on the United States partnering with you," top US diplomat Blinken tells 12 leaders and representatives of two other nations, in a first-of-a-kind summit in Washington, despite friction with Solomon Islands.
Micronesia has "gravest concern" about Tokyo's decision to release so-called Advanced Liquid Processing System water into the ocean, President David Panuelo tells UN General Assembly.
US has reportedly invited 12 regional countries, including the Solomon Islands, which in April struck a security pact with China, heightening Washington's concern about Beijing's growing clout.
"The single greatest threat to our very existence is climate change, it threatens our very hopes and dreams of prosperity", said Fiji's defence minister during the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue.
There have been "some concerns on specific issues” from some of the 10 Pacific island nations about the deal that covers free trade, police cooperation and disaster resilience.
A leaked draft of a security pact between the two sides contains a provision that would allow Chinese naval deployments to the island nation, which is less than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Australia.
This is how an effort to convert an 'uncontacted' tribe on the North Sentinel Island could end up erasing an entire population.
For the first time in 25 years, the member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) failed to make a joint statement on Sunday under the shadow of US and China trade war.
Australia's current policy on asylum seekers is to intercept refugees and migrants at sea, deny them entry, and process them in centres like the camp on Manus Island in neighbouring Papua New Guinea. Critics consider the process inhumane.
The tremors triggered a tsunami alert for several Pacific islands that was subsequently adjusted to cover just Papua New Guinea and the neighbouring Solomon Islands.
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