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Bougainville Inches Closer to Independence
July 19, 2021

Bougainville Inches Closer to Independence

By Joshua Mcdonald
Given the 2019 referendum’s nearly unanimous approval, it will be difficult for Papua New Guinea to deny the region independence.

Australia Denies Interfering in China’s Pacific Vaccine Help
July 06, 2021

Australia Denies Interfering in China’s Pacific Vaccine Help

By Rod McGuirk
A Chinese newspaper had accused Australia of seeking to sabotage the distribution of Chinese vaccines in Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea Faces Rising COVID-19 Cases
March 17, 2021

Papua New Guinea Faces Rising COVID-19 Cases

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Pacific Island nation is on the brink of disaster, regional health experts warn.

Amid Outbreak, Australia Donates 8,000 COVID-19 Shots to PNG
March 17, 2021

Amid Outbreak, Australia Donates 8,000 COVID-19 Shots to PNG

By Sebastian Strangio
The donation serves immediate needs, but also dovetails with Australia broader program of engagement with the Pacific.

Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea’s First Prime Minister, Dies
February 26, 2021

Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea’s First Prime Minister, Dies

By Associated Press
After leading Papua New Guinea to its independence, Somare served four terms as the nation's prime minister.

Why China’s ‘Island City’ in Papua New Guinea is a Mirage
February 09, 2021

Why China’s ‘Island City’ in Papua New Guinea is a Mirage

By Sebastian Strangio
Australian security analysts can console themselves that the Hong Kong-based firm's plans will never eventuate.

Papua New Guinea and China’s Debt Squeeze
February 02, 2021

Papua New Guinea and China’s Debt Squeeze

By Robert Potter
A debt trap? Not quite. But PNG’s telecom industry is a showcase example of how debt to China weighs down governments and constrains choices.
Should Australia Buy Papua New Guinea’s Largest Telecom Firm?
January 12, 2021

Should Australia Buy Papua New Guinea’s Largest Telecom Firm?

By Robert Potter and John Young
Yes, the potential sale of Digicel to China is concerning. But Australia should think twice before swooping in on the troubled company.

China-Funded PNG Fishery Project Brings New Challenges for Australia
December 12, 2020

China-Funded PNG Fishery Project Brings New Challenges for Australia

By Philip Citowicki
With the latest MoU, Papua New Guinea continues to be at the center of a tug-of-war between China and Australia.

UN Raises Human Rights Concerns Over Proposed Mine in PNG
October 05, 2020

UN Raises Human Rights Concerns Over Proposed Mine in PNG

By Joshua Mcdonald
Papua New Guinea has a troubling history of foreign mining companies destroying the ecosystem locals depend on. 

Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, Eyes Set on Independence
September 28, 2020

Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, Eyes Set on Independence

By Grant Wyeth
An autonomous region in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville is aiming for independence and elected a president who shares that ambition.
Papua New Guinea Demands China Explain COVID-19 Vaccine Trial on Miners
August 21, 2020

Papua New Guinea Demands China Explain COVID-19 Vaccine Trial on Miners

By Associated Press
PNG blocked the arrival of Chinese workers, saying it had not given approval for a vaccine trial.

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