#CoinsForAustralia and soft power in Indonesia
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South Pacific linkage: Fiji and the UN, PNG, Fretilin, Samoa, China and more
17 July 2012 3:34PM
The number of Fiji military and police personnel deployed on UN operations
increased by 29%
between April 2011 and May 2012. Fiji contributed more UN peacekeepers than Australia, Canada and New Zealand combined.
China's role in the Pacific Islands continues to get attention. Islands Business has two great pieces looking at
China's aid and investment
soft power influence across the region
In PNG's election,
Delilah Gore is the last remaining female candidate in the race
. If she maintains her lead, she will be
PNG's 5th ever female MP
and will have her work cut out for her in the world of
PNG 'big man' politics
Timor-Leste experienced violent incidents over the weekend
thought to be related to the
decision not to include Fretilin in a new governing coalition
. Unrest aside, the new parliament and prime minister face
a host of challenges
With Prime Minister Tuilaepa touting China as
a more 'flexible' alternative to traditional Pacific powers
such as the US, Australia and New Zealand,
Samoa's relationship with Beijing goes from strength to strength
The Pacific Islands' reputation as a cultural and creative hub continues to flourish with reports that the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts, held in the Solomon Islands,
has been a huge success
PNG suffers one of the worst rates of domestic violence in the world
. This sobering video report from Al Jazeera tries to find out why.
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