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No evidence to support China Debt claims


By CEDRIC PATJOLE Suva, Fiji – May 9, 2019: 12.40pm (LOOP PNG): There is no evidence to support the claim that the Chinese Government is using loans and debts to create leverage over Pacific Island Countries according to Head of School and Director Politics and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific, Dr Sandra Tarte.

Israel ready to protect the Pacific

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Suva, Fiji – May 9, 2019: 12.35pm (PACNEWS):  The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) stands ready to help any Pacific Island country should terrorists strike their island home says Israel’s Ambassador to the Pacific, Tibor Schlosser in an exclusive interview with PACNEWS.

Australians agree climate emergency is nation’s top threat


Sydney, Australia – May 9, 2019: 12.30pm (THE GUARDIAN): New polling from a respected foreign policy thinktank underscores the point that 2019 is the climate change election, with a majority of Australians saying global warming is a critical threat.

New Zealand passes landmark laws to be ‘carbon neutral by 2050’

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Wellington, New Zealand – May 9, 2019: 12.20pm (REUTERS): New Zealand’s parliament has tabled a landmark bill that will set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Tonga’s debt challenge

Risk of Debt graph. Pic: ADB

Are we a victim of Chinese debt-trap diplomacy? By ILIESA TORA Suva, Fiji – May 8, 2019: 8pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga is a high debt risk country, one of only three in the Pacific to have to loans to China that comprise more than one third of its debt according to two new reports.

Rethink standards, Ministers urged

Forum Economic Ministers at the PIFS in Nasese this morning. Photo: PIFS Media

By ILIESA TORA Suva, Fiji – May 8, 2019: 3pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Forum economic ministers meeting in Suva this week have been urged to “rethink standard approaches to sustainable economic development both within our economies and as a regional collective”.

Tu’utu’uni ki he Fokotu’utu’u Ngāue Fakapa’anga


Nuku’alofa – Me 7, 2019: 12pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Na‘e tali ‘e he Poate ‘a e kau Talēkita ‘a e Pangikē Pule Fakafonua ‘o Tonga´ hili ‘enau fakataha ‘i he ‘aho 30 ‘o ‘Epeleli 2019, ke kei hokohoko atu ai pē ‘a e ngaahi tu’utu’uni ngāue fakapa’anga lolotonga´ ‘a ia ‘oku hā atu ‘i lalo´.

Tonga records mixed growth in February

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Suva, Fiji – May 8, 2019: 12.35pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga’s economy recorded mixed growth in February, according to the latest National Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Decision report released this week.

Four arrested with drugs


Nuku’alofa – May 8, 2019: 9am (Nuku’alofa Times): Four people were arrested with illicit drugs, including ice, in Longolongo here on Tongatapu last Friday.

Power battle good for region

Dr Sandra Tarte (right) speaking to journalists. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Tarte says countries should diversify By ILIESA TORA Suva, Fiji – May 7, 2019: 8pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Pacific Island countries should take advantage of the current shifts in geopolitics in the region to discuss partnerships that would help their national interests, a leading Suva based academic has stated.