Post Tagged with: "Solomon Islands"

Australia’s Pacific Neglect: Distractions from Climate Change Security

Australia’s Pacific Neglect: Distractions from Climate Change Security

The hysteria in Canberra and Washington over the Sino-Solomon Islands security pact has shown, again, how irrelevant the individual affairs of Pacific Island states are in the chess game of geopolitics. The one thing conspicuously missing has been the issue of climate change, near and dear to those whose lands are gradually being inundated by rising sea levels. In a[Read More…]

by 30/04/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Forgotten Sovereignty: Hysteria and the Solomon Islands-China Security Pact

Forgotten Sovereignty: Hysteria and the Solomon Islands-China Security Pact

Visits to Honiara, part plea, part threat.  Delegations equipped with a note of harassment.  That was the initial Australian effort to convince the Solomon Islands that the decision to make a security pact with Beijing was simply not appropriate in the lotus land of Washington’s Pacific empire. Despite an election campaign warming up, Senator Zed Seselja found time to tell[Read More…]

by 23/04/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Backing Horses: Australia’s Solomon Islands Intervention

Backing Horses: Australia’s Solomon Islands Intervention

The history of humanitarian or policing missions is a history of taking sides, disruptive partiality and the forfeiture of the very object powers claim when intervening in another country.  Things become particularly absurd when the individual or government pleading for such help to an outside force is struggling to survive yet making grand statements about democracy and the like. Take[Read More…]

by 04/12/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Off to the Solomon Islands: Australia’s Civilizers Get Busy

Off to the Solomon Islands: Australia’s Civilizers Get Busy

A small riot.  Unrest.  Risk of collapse.  All given a ballooning effect and inflated for policy makers across the ocean.  Before much time elapses, Australian security forces are skirting off to restore order in their vast watery neighbourhood.  It is a reminder that such relations in the Pacific region are a mixture of intervention, forcible charitable guidance and, at times,[Read More…]

by 26/11/2021 Comments are Disabled World