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Australia and China Are Making the Same Mistake in Papua New Guinea 

Australia and China Are Making the Same Mistake in Papua New Guinea 

By Carolyn Blacklock
While Australia and China have very different approaches in PNG, both are in working primarily with political elites, while alienating the New Guinean public. 

China’s Premier Li Qiang Visits Australia: A Step Toward Stabilizing Relations

China’s Premier Li Qiang Visits Australia: A Step Toward Stabilizing Relations

By Yu Tao
The four-day visit may lead to breakthroughs on specific issues, but more profound challenges, especially mutual skepticism and strategic competition, will remain.
Re-Thinking New Zealand’s Independent Foreign Policy

Re-Thinking New Zealand’s Independent Foreign Policy

By Guy C. Charlton and Xiang Gao
To evaluate whether Wellington’s shift toward tighter defense cooperation is truly abandoning a long-held tradition, first we must ask what an “independent foreign policy” really means.

Macron Suspends Voting Reform That Sparked Violence in New Caledonia

Macron Suspends Voting Reform That Sparked Violence in New Caledonia

By Associated Press
Violence flared on May 13 over the government’s attempt to change voting lists in the French Pacific territory, which Indigenous Kanaks say would marginalize their voices.

China’s Message to New Zealand: Don’t Risk It All

China’s Message to New Zealand: Don’t Risk It All

By Geoffrey Miller
As Li Qiang visits, his chief purpose is to remind Christopher Luxon of just how important China is to New Zealand, both economically and beyond.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Despite the Diplomatic Thaw, Australians Still Deeply Mistrust China

Despite the Diplomatic Thaw, Australians Still Deeply Mistrust China

By Elena Collinson
While political relations have improved, Australian public opinion on China remains generally negative.

Australian Online Watchdog Drops Federal Court Case Against X Over Stabbing Video

Australian Online Watchdog Drops Federal Court Case Against X Over Stabbing Video

By Rod McGuirk
But eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant is continuing legal action against the platform formerly known as Twitter in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Facing up to China’s Hybrid Warfare in the Pacific 

Facing up to China’s Hybrid Warfare in the Pacific 

By Anne-Marie Brady
The China Coast Guard is expanding its reach in the Pacific, part of a broader campaign to increase Beijing’s security role in the region.

Solomon Islands’ New Government: A Chance to Reset Australia’s Pacific Diplomacy

Solomon Islands’ New Government: A Chance to Reset Australia’s Pacific Diplomacy

By Corey Lee Bell
The island nation is far from alone in adopting a “look north” policy. It's time for Canberra to take a long, hard look at why.

France’s Faux Pacific Power: The Colonial Reality in New Caledonia

France’s Faux Pacific Power: The Colonial Reality in New Caledonia

By Jeffrey Reeves
In terms of France’s broader Indo-Pacific engagement, the strategic implications of the New Caledonia uprising are profound both for Paris and its Western-aligned allies.

Fears Rise of a Second Landslide and Disease Outbreak at Site of Papua New Guinea Disaster

Fears Rise of a Second Landslide and Disease Outbreak at Site of Papua New Guinea Disaster

By Rod McGuirk
An estimated 670 people died in the first landslide in Yambali village. Now there is a “serious risk” of a second that could impact up to 8,000 people.
Over 100 Feared Dead in Landslide in Remote Part of Papua New Guinea

Over 100 Feared Dead in Landslide in Remote Part of Papua New Guinea

By Rod McGuirk
Rescue efforts are underway after a landslide hit a village in Enga province in the middle of the night.

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