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Marshall Islands fisheries Minister Dennis Momotaro and Forum Fisheries Agency Director General Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen and others
Pohnpei, FSM — Pacific fisheries ministers want to see negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies. Meeting this week in Pohnpei, the ministers and senior government officials say the subsidies can be a constraint on the ability of small island states to develop their own fisheries. Of the...
Chao Xiaoliang and PM Tuilaepa
Apia, SAMOA — With just over a fortnight left before the opening of the Pacific Games in Samoa a ceremony has been held in Faleata to mark China's handing over of a brand new multi-sport centre and the completion of refurbishment work on existing games venues. Speaking at the ceremony yesterday...
 NZ Deputy PM Winston Peters in Vanuatu
Apia, SAMOA — Have to hand it to NZ Deputy PM Winston Peters for standing up to a manipulating media over plans by Samoa to build a new wharf at Vaiusu Bay. 'We don't tell them what to do', Winston Peters told off the NZ media who were obviously trying to stir up reaction to the “ multi-million...
The port in Manta, Ecuador.
Bangkok, THAILAND — Skipjack tuna prices in key processing hubs such as Thailand and Ecuador are expected to weaken in June, signaling the downtrend started last month might continue into the summer months. Higher Chinese offering in key markets and lower demand in the Middle East were mentioned as...
 The Pacific delegation in Washington DC
Washington, D.C. — Much of China's planned investment in the Pacific region is unlikely to eventuate, a top US official says, downplaying regional security fears ahead of an historic meeting between President Trump and Pacific counterparts. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity during a...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — A 200 member delegation from China led by a government minister is due in Samoa on Sunday for the launch of the China Pacific Tourism Year 2019. The launching today (Sunday in Samoa) at the Sheraton Aggies hotel will be attended by members of the local tourism industry and government...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — An Australian newspaper article that reported plans by the Chinese government to fund the building of a wharf in Savai’i has shocked the Chinese Ambassador, and attracted a strong rebuttal from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The Australian newspaper on Monday...
Joseph Felter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia
New South Wales, AUSTRALIA — The United States claims China is looking to project military power into the South Pacific by using debt-trap diplomacy. The Australian newspaper reported the US's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defence for South and Southeast Asia, Joseph Felter, saying China aims to...
President and CEO Andrew Choe
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Intrafish Marketplace is reporting that many sectors of the fishing industry are in a state of shock over the China-US trade battle, and they're scrambling to measure its impact. */ In its latest report, Undercurrent News says US tuna canning company Bumble Bee Foods ...
StarKist president and chief executive officer, Andrew Choe
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pittsurgh-based StarKist Co., the largest private employer in American Samoa, has voiced its support of the federal government’s proposed assessment of additional tax on Chinese-origin tuna and tuna products. StarKist’s support is outlined in a Sept. 6th letter from the...

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