China is Australia’s largest trading partner.
Eighty years ago, we were just as scared of the Japanese buying our assets as we are of the Chinese today. So what does this say about the future of Australia in the Asia-Pacific region?
A family crosses a flooded street in Pakistan.
Asian Development Bank/Flickr
To address environmental degradation, including climate change, it is essential to take into account human rights and migration. Hybrid international law and regional thinking are both essential.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
If researchers shared their data, we could take a big step towards saving the world's coral reefs.
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Recent archaeological evidence shows the remote islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all.
Climate change is already delivering more extremes of wet and dry to the Pacific region.
EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
New research shows that global warming has already begun to exacerbate extremes of rainfall in the Pacific region – with more to come.
Villagers watch the sunset over a small lagoon near the village of Tangintebu in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati.
In the Pacific region, customary laws could create problems when implementing international law associated with climate change.
US Geological Survey
Australia's decision to take another step back from international broadcasting by ceasing its far reaching border crossing shortwave radio services has raised questions about who will fill the void.
Looks like paradise – but how did the first people get there?
Global Environment Facility
Researchers ran computer simulations that take into account environmental variability and geographical setting to investigate how early explorers made it to these tiny, remote islands in the Pacific.
The story depicts a young Wallisian man trying to make it in the world of rugby in France.
3 B Productions
Sport migrations emerge within a general migratory context. In some societies, like the Pacific Islands, adulthood, particularly for men, cannot be completed unless one migrates.
Soha, seven, is now taller than her 10-year-old sister Suhala whose growth has been stunted.
Jo Currie/World Vision
Adults who had a low birthweight or were undernourished as young children are more likely to experience high blood pressure and obesity.
Tropical Cyclone Winston nears Fiji on February 20, 2016.
NASA Goddard Rapid Response/NOAA
Cyclone Winston produced wind speeds of around 300 km per hour, making it one of the strongest storms to make landfall.
These Vietnamese tea farmers are set to benefit from the deal. Others might not be so lucky.
Nguyen Huy Kham/Reuters
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been described by its backers as a boon for development. But with no concrete commitments, nor any mention of climate, it is really at odds with the UN development agenda.
Too many fish in our seas, like this Pacific bluefin tuna, are being lost to over-fishing – but better management can help.
Over-fishing is a massive environmental and economic challenge. Fortunately, there are new solutions being trialled – including in a tuna hotspot in the Pacific.
Marshal Admiral Yamamoto’s bunker in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, which was the wartime headquarters of the Japanese in the south-west Pacific.
The Pacific War played out as a colonial war in the Pacific. It was brutal for non-combatant civilians in its path, and its impact epitomised the dehumanising capacity of both war and colonialism.
Storm clouds are gathering in the Pacific.
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Disputes over intellectual property and car parts are emerging as last-minute hurdles as negotiators race to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of elections.
American troops invade Tinian island, 1944.
As the US plans to create a "simulated war zone" in the Pacific, the islanders it will affect are pushing back. What are their chances?
Tanna Island locals replanting crops, only days after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu.
Food has been scarce for many rural people in Vanuatu since Cyclone Pam -- but overall, they now have greater security of food supply than they did in the past.
A soldier votes in last year’s election restoring civilian rule in Fiji, where the media are still struggling to achieve freedom of the press.
Pacific Media Centre/Mads Anneberg
Almost eight months after the much-heralded election to usher Fiji back into democracy mode, the country will mark World Press Freedom Day facing serious questions about its claims to have a free and fair media.
Cyclone Pam has left a shell of Uwen Garae’s home in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The devastation to Vanuatu left in the wake of Cyclone Pam shows small islands in the Pacific need a climate insurance scheme, similar to what has been achieved in the Caribbean.
Destruction caused by Cyclone Pam is visible on the outskirts of Port Vila.
AAP Image/ Care Australia, Tom Perry
We now have more people, infrastructure and assets exposed where tropical cyclones make landfall.