French Ministers Head to Indo-Pacific, Australia in Diplomatic Push

[ad_1] PARIS (Reuters) – France’s defence and foreign ministers travel to the Indo-Pacific next week as part of a diplomatic offensive to strengthen political and military ties, and rebuild its relationship with key partner Australia. France, with overseas territories in the Pacific and Indian Ocean and 7,000 troops stationed there, considers itself an Indo-Pacific power. … Read more

Australia to Form Rapid Cyber Assist Teams for Pacific Islands

[ad_1] SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia said on Wednesday it would spend A$26.2 million ($17 million) to establish “rapid assistance” teams to respond to cyber crises in the Pacific region, and another A$16.7 million to identify cyber vulnerabilities in the Pacific Islands. The cyber security boost comes after Australia and the United States committed last month … Read more

China Likely to Collaborate on Key Port, Shipyard Project

[ad_1] SYDNEY (Reuters) -Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka told parliament on Wednesday the Pacific Islands nation was likely to collaborate with China on a key port modernisation and shipyard project, after discussing it in a meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping. Fiji previously sought Australia’s involvement to build a modern ship-building facility at Lautoka, officials … Read more

China Hopes Fiji Will Continue ‘Firm’ Support for Chinese Issues

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) – China said it hopes Fiji will continue to give ‘firm’ support to it on issues concerning Chinese core interests and major concerns, Chinese state media cited President Xi Jinping as saying to Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. Xi told Rabuka that China will continue to support Fiji in safeguarding its national … Read more