South Pacific

Bermuda Takes Guantanamo Uighurs; Chinese Government Protests

Bermuda has accepted four of the Uighurs imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay shortly after former U.S. territory Palau agreed to take all 17.  From BBC: Four Chinese Muslim Uighurs have been released from the US detention centre at...

Palau to Take Chinese Guantánamo Detainees

The fate of the Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay has finally been decided. From the New York Times: The United States has won an agreement to transfer up to 17 Chinese Muslims from the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to...

Papua New Guinea and China’s New Empire

The Globe and Mail looks at China’s influence in Papua New Guinea. From the article’s introduction: As he completes nearly seven years as The Globe and Mail’s Beijing bureau chief, Geoffrey York says the most...

China’s New South Pacific Influence

From BBC News: As China extends its economic and political potential in the world, nowhere is too remote or too small to merit Beijing’s interest, not even the tiny nations which slumber in the South Pacific....

Chinese rivals grapple for Pacific – BBC News

From BBC News (photo: China has Papua New Guinea and Fiji on its side in South Pacfic, via China’s Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan has completed a brief tour of the South Pacific, showing how important the region is to Beijing. China is competing with Taiwan for diplomatic recognition as well as access to vast reserves […]

China woos the South Pacific – Tamara Renee Shie

From The Asia Times (link): Once considered the strategic domain of the United States and before that of Europe, the South Pacific is falling under the spell of China. As the US and its allies have gradually scaled back their involvement in the region since the early 1990s – closing embassies and reducing aid – […]



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