Many Pacific islanders would likely not feel exploited serving in a foreign army; they would see it as an honourable duty that comes with economic benefits to improve their lives.
The meeting is just the second US state visit during the Biden administration. It comes as Washington and Seoul face common concerns.
Labor has touted a renewed engagement with the Asia-Pacific since coming to power. The submarine deal, however, is not in this spirit.
The sea level around Vanuatu is rising at a rate nearly twice the global average. New research tells a story of both loss and resilience.
When Pacific Forum economic ministers meet today in Vanuatu, the region’s troubled airline sector should be high on their agenda.
New research examines why Māori and Pacific representation in university STEM subjects remain so stubbornly low.
Women candidates in PNG often lack support and funding, but increasing women’s political participation could lead to more equality and greater democracy
Research suggests more should be spent on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) support – earlier in the school system, before it’s too late.
Pacific nations are increasingly setting their own agendas, meaning Australia and New Zealand are having to learn to listen.
A battle for influence between the US and China in the region, is giving Pacific island states more influence.
China seeks two main things from the region – one diplomatic and one strategic.
New Zealand – like Australia – must increase its overseas aid spending if it is serious about matching China’s ambitions in the South Pacific.
Before we work ourselves into a frenzy over Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Solomon Islands, it is worth pausing for breath.
The Pacific will remain a priority, no matter which party wins the election. But there could be subtle differences in tone and priorities.
Pro-independence parties had sought a delay for the third and final referendum due to the impact of the pandemic on the Indigenous Kanak population. It was denied.
Desperate for visitors to return, tourism-reliant Pacific nations are racing to re-open borders before Christmas. But will tourists feel safe enough to travel?
Securing vaccines was only part of the battle — the Pacific now has to overcome misinformation, stigma and sheer geography to vaccinate its people.
Despite indications the Samoan government was out of favour, few predicted it could lose power.
Around 33,000 child marriages took place in 2020 in Indonesia, a new report shows. This comes with more girls in Australia’s region dropping out of school and taking on more caring responsibilities.
Indonesia needs to consider long-term engagement to produce deeper and more sustainable impacts.