South Pacific

Why China and Australia Are Playing Nice

Chinese Premier Li Qiang is set to pay a widely publicized and highly anticipated visit to Australia this weekend. He will be the first person in his office to do so since 2017, when tensions came to a head between China and U.S. allies over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, its growing […]

Daily Memo: Clearance for Ukrainian Strikes in Russia, Turkey Gets Suspicious

War and peace. China will not join the Swiss peace conference on Ukraine due to significant differences between the summit's conditions and China's demands,...

In New Caledonia, France Sees Foreign Meddling

French President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency meeting on May 20 with his defense and security council to discuss the unrest in the French...

Daily Memo: China and Russia Discuss Sanctions Workarounds, Military Ties

No limits. China and Russia will create the financial infrastructure to sanction-proof payments between their countries, expand the scale of joint military exercises and...

Daily Memo: Iranian Outsourcing, Israeli Forces in Rafah

Weapons in Yemen. Iran is building drone and ballistic missile factories in Yemen to avoid targeting by future U.S. and Israeli attacks, Kuwaiti newspaper...

Daily Memo: Russian Drills, Xi in France

Russian response. Russia announced that it will hold drills simulating the use of tactical nuclear weapons after France and the United Kingdom made comments...

Daily Memo: South Pacific Competition, Turkish Foreign Policy Blitz

Defining freedom. Australia wants to strengthen ties with Papua New Guinea to promote Pacific stability and counter China's regional expansionism, Australian Prime Minister Anthony...

Daily Memo: US and Japan to Overhaul Defense Partnership

Major U.S.-Japan upgrade. U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed to upgrade command and control and boost military operability and...

Our Trip to the Western Pacific

My wife and I are returning from a six-week trip spanning New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The trip’s purposes were both personal and work-related....

Daily Memo: Russia Targets Ukraine’s Energy Infrastructure

Russian strikes. Last night, Russia carried out the largest attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in several months, Ukraine's energy minister said. Energy facilities and...

Daily Memo: Serbia Beefs Up Defenses, EU Reaches Ukraine Trade Deal

Plugging the defense gap. Serbia recently acquired essential components for its 2K12 Kub air defense system from Hungary. The deal includes procurement of target...

Daily Memo: Palestinian Talks, EU Funding for Ukraine

No agreement. The head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has refused to participate in a trip to Moscow following a meeting of Palestinian...

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