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8:33 pm GMT+12, 19/08/2019
 
China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Chao Xiaoliang, has hit back at criticism that China's foreign aid programme is undermining the political independence of Pacific nations, describing it as ignorant or prejudiced.      In an opinion piece published in Samoa Observer, Ambassador Chao says claims that loans from China are a quid pro quo for recipient nations' political sovereignty are inaccurate "Cold » read more
 
Tuvalu threatens to exit Australia's seasonal worker programme after deputy PM's comments PNG asks Australia for $1.5 billion in direct budget support for roads and anti-corruption
Samoa PM Tuilaepa weighs into Forum tension Protesters set fire to parliament building in West Papua as tensions mount
 
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Trying times in Tuvalu
8:36 pm GMT+12, 19/08/2019, Tuvalu
Written by Stefan Armbruster, Tess Newton Cain   “Save Tuvalu, save the world” sang school children as they greeted the Pacific’s leaders on arrival to what became a showdown pitting the region against Australia. This was no ambush, but had been building for years. At Read more

Savali news interview with Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on the outcome of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Tuvalu
SAVALI: You have just returned from the PIF meeting in Tuvalu.  How
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50th Pacific Islands Forum Communique
The Communique of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum was officially released Monday by the Pacific
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Strengthening partnerships key to enhanced climate action, GCF leader tells largest gathering of developing country partners
 The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will “refine and sharpen” its support for devel
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Pacific Islands Forum result is disappointing, but hardly surprising
The negotiations lasted 12 hours, but even then, the resulting resolution was equivocal. It
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Business News
Pacific aid could lead to exploitation, academic warns
5:26 pm GMT+12, 19/08/2019, Fiji
 There is a “lingering fear that the strings attached to development aid” may expose the region to exploitation, an expert in Pacific arts and culture says.   The director of the Oceania Centre at the University of the South Pacific, Frances Koya-Vaka'uta, said Read more

PNG to take bigger share of gold mine
Papua New Guinea wants to retain at least 30 per cent of the gold it currently exports as it t
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U.S beer company under fire for naming product after Pacific island nuclear test site
A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear test
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South Pacific Tourism Organisation welcomes Tokelau into the SPTO family
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation welcomes Tokelau as its 20th Pacific Island member coun
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Samoa Airways quarterly losses exceed $6.5 million
Samoa Airways jet operations ran at a loss of $6.64 million (US$2.49 million) for the October
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Sports News
Rugby's eligibility rules keeping Pacific nations 'poor', says player advocate
11:20 pm GMT+12, 18/08/2019, New Zealand
Changing rugby's eligibility rules to allow those who can represent more than one country to switch who they play for internationally is a "no brainer", says former Manu Samoa player Dan Leo.   He also says richer tier one nations need to "release their grip" on Read more

'We're getting to boiling point' - Pacific rugby nations fed up with treatment of players and unwinnable financial battles
For many of the Pacific's best rugby players, the prospect of playing professionally can m
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Odds stacked against Pacific minnows like Manu Samoa at Rugby World Cup
Europe's rugby powerhouses are not behind the idea of players being able to represent more
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Flying Fijians squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup named
Fiji Rugby today named the squad to represent Fiji at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next m
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New Manu Samoa players included, some opt out ahead of World Cup
Management is yet to reveal details, but Manu Samoa's Head Coach says a new squad for its
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