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Sunday, 18 November

09:42

APEC 2018 IS CONCLUDING "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary by David Lepi

There has been so much talk amongst ourselves on PNG hosting APEC 2018. We all had differing views on both the capability of us hosting the international event and the likely outcome.

It is always good to have differing views because in a democracy like our it help shapes public opinion and strikes the balance.

After a tumultuous 2 days PNG is at the threshold of a new beginning. If I were the PM giving a speech I would commend Bryan Kramer and his Facebook warriors for seemingly putting our people socio-economic challenges right at their heart like no other time before.

APEC 2018 has now opened new dimensions and frontiers in better assisting the sick, the inaccessible and improving the socio-economic indicators. On the margins of the APEC Leaders Summit our country has signed several key agreements with various APEC economies.

Notably in the areas of technical assistance, infrastructure development and capacity enhancement. This include the field of science and technology, research and development, agriculture, health, education, communication and information, transport, SME and life skill.

These bi lateral agreements are set to catapult our development agenda 3 to 4 times more than we would have achieved without APEC 2018.

Time for talking and half measure is over. Now judge the results.

Critics were quick to tie their justification around our sick and the dying to make a solemn case sounding so genuine. Our sick and the needy need special care and the government like the successive governments gave that special care.

The leper, the sick, the dying and the blind were here before the whitemen came and are still here. Before independence they were here and are still here. They will be still be here after we all are gone because we live in a mortal world and that's what God intended. From the budget allocations they continued to receive their share over the years including this year's.

APEC 2018 came on our agenda since 2013 and was funded from its budget and of course with assistance from China, Australia, NZ and friends in the region. The socio-economic indicators didn't collapse all over sudden just because we hosted APEC.

Furthermore, there is more positive outcome in the APEC 2018 Leaders Summit. Free trade or trade liberalism as opposed to protect...

07:06

APEC: Police Called on Chinese Diplomats "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The police were called when Chinese officials attempted to barge into the office of Papua New Guineas foreign minister, it emerged Sunday, as APEC summit tensions boiled over.

The Chinese delegates tried to barge in to Rimbink Patos Port Moresby office Saturday, in an eleventh-hour bid to influence a summit draft communique, but were denied entry, three sources with knowledge of the situation told AFP.

Police were posted outside the ministers office after they tried to barge in, one source privy to summit negotiations told AFP, requesting anonymity.

AFP | Tensions have been high at the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea after a spat between the United States and China

The diplomatic incident came with tensions already high at a summit of Asian-Pacific leaders that has been overshadowed by a spat between the United States and China.

Pato had refused to meet with the delegates, according to a source, who said: Its not appropriate for the minister to negotiate solo with the Chinese. The Chinese negotiating officials know this.

The minister himself sought to downplay the incident, telling AFP: There wasnt an issue.

The Chinese delegation has yet to comment publicly on the incident but was set to hold a news conference later Sunday.

APEC nations usually agree a joint statement but officials are struggling to bridge deep divides on trade policy and admit that a formal communique may not be issued.

This is not the first time Chinese officials have been involved in a tense incident at a regional meeting.

At the Pacific Islands Forum in September, Naurus president demanded China apologise after its delegation walked out of a meeting when the host refused to let an envoy speak until island leaders had finished.

Theyre not our friends. They just need us for their own purposes, President Baron Waqa said at the time.

AFP

00:40

Jokkowi holds bilateral meeting with Solomon Islands prime minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Jokkowi holds bilateral meeting with Solomon Islands prime minister

Reporter: Antara 5 hours ago

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President Joko Widodo holds bilateral meeting with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela at Hotel Hilton, Port Moresby, Saturday (17/11/2018). Foto Biro Pers Setpres RI.

Jakarta (ANTARA News) President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a bilateral meeting with Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Rick Houenipwela, at the Hilton Hotel, Port Moresby, on Saturday.

"I hope Indonesia will be given the opportunity to contribute to develop Solomon Islands` economy," Jokowi stated, as conveyed by the Deputy of Protocol, Press and Media of the Presidential Secretariat Bey Machmudin in a statement received in Jakarta, on Saturday.

Indonesia and the Solomon Islands are two countries that have some similarities. Both are Pacific nations, have Melanesian ethnicity, are archipelagic countries, and face the same challenges, including in the field of climate change.

During a bilateral meeting with Houenipwela, Jokowi called for closer relations between the two countries.

To improve cooperation between the two countries, the president conveyed several things, including increasing Indonesia`s investment in Solomon Islands.

In the economic field, the development of palm oil products is one of the focuses of the discussion. The Solomon Islands is interested in developing the product.

"Indonesia has a high added value in the palm oil industry. I want to encourage Indonesian companies to develop oil palm in Solomon Islands," the president noted.

Besides oil palm, Indonesia hopes to work together with the Solomon Islands in the fishing industry. The president hopes that this industry can become an important sector in the economic cooperation of Solomon Islands.

Meanwhile, in the field of tourism, Indonesia is ready to help the Solomon Islands to develop tourism, especially "eco-tourism." Several regions in Indonesia have developed environment-based tourism.

"Indonesia is also ready for cooperation in the field of maritime affairs, especially coastal development and disaster management," he continued.

At the meeting, the president also expressed his appreciation for the firm position of Solomon Islands to respect Indonesia`s sovereignty.

"I appreciate the position of Solomon Islands to support...

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Saturday, 17 November

23:45

Philippines ready to build schools, deploy teachers to Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 16 to participate in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Week. (Richard Madelo/ Presidential Photo)
PORT MORESBY The Philippines is ready to build schools and deploy teachers to Papua New Guinea in a bid to enhance the development of its neighbor.

On the first day of his visit here, President Duterte has announced the governments education aid to Papua New Guinea in appreciation to its generosity and kindness to Filipino workers.

The Philippine leader intends to relay the offer when he meets with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill during the regional summit this weekend. Duterte is in Ports Moresby for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit but will cut short his three-day trip by a day to return home Sunday morning.

We need to develop and develop well Papua New Guinea. We are willing to help establish schools. We will send vocational skills training, TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), Duterte said during the meeting with the Filipino community Friday night.

I heard that most of our countrymen are treated well and respect. In return, Ill see him (ONeill) tomorrow (Saturday) but we are ready to build schools, ask teachers to come here and help in the education of your people, he added.

Duterte said the government was also prepared to help Papua New Guinea with its livelihood projects to improve the welfare of its people.

He took pride that the Filipino workers are industrious and bright, adding that Papua New Guinea could take advantage of their expertise.

We can come here, we can establish schools, if you want universities and we are good at that. We will try to help you, he said.

Duterte said he was grateful to Papua New Guinea for its fair treatment of Filipinos. Papua New Guinea has been very kind to us, he added.

He reminded Filipino workers to love Papua New Gui...

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Pence says US will partner Australia in developing Manus base "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY - The United States will join forces with Australia and Papua New Guinea in the redevelopment of a naval base in Manus, a move designed to curb China's influence in the Pacific.

Australia recently announced its own plans to redevelop the decrepit Lombrum naval base in a bid to lock China out from developing its own facility in PNG.

Now US vice-president Mike Pence has announced his country will join in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Lombrum.

"The United States will partner with PNG and Australia on their joint initiative," he said.

"We will work with these two nations to protect sovereignty and maritime rights in the Pacific islands."

Pence said the US vision for the region was about collaboration, not control.

Empire and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific - this is a region where every nation large and small must be permitted to prosper and thrive, he said.

"We don't offer constricting belts or a one-way road," he said in a line apparently meant to mock China vaunted One Belt, One Road initiative.

The Lombrum base will ensure that the US and Australian have a deep water port big enough for aircraft carriers and other warships.

The scale of the US commitment is not known and it is not clear whether US vessels will be permanently based in Manus.

PNG now finds itself in the middle of one of the 21st century's geopolitical hotspots as a battle for influence in the Pacific unfolds.

The APEC meeting in Port Moresby has presented itself as a piece of political theatre, with the Pence statement taking the prize for best prop so far.

It represents a dramatic escalation of effort by the US and Australia to grab the strategic initiative in the Pacific from a resurgent China.

China has showered billions of dollars of infrastructure loans on island nations, some of whom sit astride sea lanes vital to international s...

19:00

Chinese officials ban PNG & foreign media but not Chinas hacks "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Journalists covering the APEC meeting (Natalie Whiting)
Chinas behaviour to foreign journalists casts doubt on the sincerity of its vows to treat people with respect

SCOTT WAIDE | My Land, My Country

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guineas freedoms of speech, expression and access to information were challenged yesterday when Chinese officials barred both PNG and non-Chinese media from attending meetings at three APEC venues.

It began in parliament when Chinese president Xi Jinping was giving an address after a guard of honour. 

EMTV journalist Theckla Gunga who was assigned to cover the presidents visit reported that just after 11am Chinese officials accompanying the president ordered the microphones removed from a speaker next to which they had been placed to record the speeches.

Chinese officials who are organising the official opening of the Chinese-funded six-lane road have refused to give audio feeds to media personnel, Gunga wrote in a WhatsApp message. Microphones belonging to both local and international media have been removed.

The officials allowed Chinese state owned broadcaster CCTV to record Xi Jinpings speech. Gunga and other journalists spent about 10 minutes arguing with the Chinese officials but were still refused.

One hour later, EMTV Online reporter Merylyn Diau-Katam faced another group of Chinese officials at the gate of a Chinese government funded school.

Before the president arrived a bus full of Chinese media personnel were driven into the gate on a bus, she said. And when we wanted to go in, we were told our names were not on the list even though we had APEC accreditation passes.

No media. No media, a Chinese official said.

Diau-Katam was not the only one refused entry.  In the group was a photographer from Japanese public broadcaster, NHK, and other media.  A PNG government official also spent several minutes arguing with the Chinese security to let him in.

At 5pm on Friday, Chinese officials again booted out local and international media from a meeting between...

18:00

A candid history of the Unitech controversy - Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Albert Schram in Singapore
Albert Schram at Singapore Airport after escaping detention on trumped up charges in Papua New Guinea. His arrest caused an international scandal and seriously dented PNG's reputation

KEN POLIN

LAE - The University of Technology, Unitech, was very much affected by the events surrounding the advent, stormy passage and eventual dismissal of vice chancellor Dr Albert Schram.

Prior to the appointment of Schram in 2011, Unitech was known to be in a bad shape and led by a corrupt regime. Schrams arrival in 2012 provided hope that a change in leadership would lead to a change in the universitys fortunes.

But from the start the Schram era was hampered by resistance from elements of the former corrupt regime both within and outside Unitech as there was a succession of moves to try to get rid of the vice chancellor.

Students and members of the university community fought against this. Then Schram was effectively deported when he wasnt allowed to return to PNG after holidays in early 2013. In the leadership vacuum, a loyal interim team was formed to administer the university.

The moves against Schram had continued even though a government enquiry under retired judge Sevua cleared him of allegations about fake credentials even as it identified irregularities in the former regime.

A cloud of uncertainty hung over the institution and, even as the reform process continued, there was much anxiety. Nevertheless, changes were made and the year ended successfully.

The following year, 2013, started badly for the university with its leader banned from entering the country. Students and members of the Unitech community not for the first time were ready for the fight. Promises and commitments were made by the authorities which dampened the opposition.

The interim team tasked to run the university meanwhile became compromised as they seemed to lose interest in the return of the vice chancellor and became more focussed in retaining their interim offices.

Albert Schrams employment contract was still legally effect...

16:07

Leading West Papuan independence fighter dies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/376158/leading-west-papuan-independence-fighter-dies

RNZ Pacific

Leading West Papuan independence fighter dies

2:25 pm today

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A regional commander of the Free West Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka OPM) has died.
Bernard Mawen Photo: Damien Faure

Bernard Mawen was the Southern Commander of the OPM, based in the region abutting Indonesias border with Papua New Guinea.
He was one of the few remaining Papuan independence fighters who had helped establish the OPM in the 1960s.
Based in the bush, General Mawens struggle against Indonesian rule continued in the intervening decades, although in recent years it has focussed on non-violent resistance.

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13:36

Xi and Pence Stake Out Trade Positions in Dueling Speeches at Pacific Rim Forum "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

President Xi Jinping of China and Vice President Mike Pence pushed back against criticism of each of their countries trade practices in speeches on Saturday at an Asia-Pacific trade summit meeting in Papua New Guinea, while seeking to assure allies of their commitment to the region.

Mr. Xi and Mr. Pence spoke ahead of what is likely to be a tense meeting between President Trump and the Chinese leader at the Group of 20 conference in Argentina later this month, where they will attempt to defuse a trade war.

Mike Pence on Nov. 17. Photographer: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration has accused China of unfair trade practices, including restricting market access, pushing American companies to hand over valuable technology and engaging in cyberespionage and intellectual property theft. It has put tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods; China has retaliated with tariffs of its own.

Mr. Pence, echoing warnings from Mr. Trump, said the United States could more than double the tariffs it had placed on $250 billion in Chinese goods.

The United States, though, will not change course until China changes its ways, Mr. Pence said.

China has offered a list of concessions in recent days, which Mr. Trump has called not acceptable.

Mr. Pence and Mr. Xi spoke at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. The 21 Pacific Rim countries and territories participating in the APEC forum account for 60 percent of the global economy.

By Jamie Tarabay
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10:16

Today #ExtinctionRebellion! #London calling "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

London, UK: Thousands of concerned citizens will today block Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges to raise the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis.

Originally published by Extinction Rebellion.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

  • Thousands of concerned citizens will today block Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges to raise the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis
  • An Extinction Assembly will feature six voices from six nations affected by climate breakdown including Raki Ap of Free West Papua Campaign, Rumana Hashem of Phulbari Solidarity Group (Bangladesh) as well as representatives from Ecuador, Kenya, Ghana and Mongolia
  • Speakers and musicians include the representative for Island States in the UN Farhana Yamin, Green Party politician Jenny Jones, academic and politician Rupert Read, Molly Scott Cato MEP, the One World Choir, female-fronted funk band Psychedelephant, Georgina Duncan, Greg Sanders Ensemble jazz band, reggae music from Pedro and the Simple Revolution, poet and singer Pete the Temp and musician Katherine Abbott, Hapi and the Lost Species, plus Tina Louise Rothery from the anti-fracking Lancashire Nanas
  • Protests planned around UK include from Cambridge and Glasgow to Sheffield and Totnes, plus large and small symbolic actions around the world in Washington DC and New York (US), Vancouver and Toronto (Canada), Cork, Galway and Dublin in Ireland, Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden plus Melbourne, Australia. 

Rebellion Day is here. We will take the London bridges, before we all fall down. 

Rebellion D...

10:05

Victor Yeimo dan Cerita tentang Gen. TEPENAL Bernardus Mawen "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

3 hari lalu, bersama kawan Augustinus Aud, kami duduk bercerita tentang sosok Bernard Mawen, Panglima Komando Daerah Pertahanan (KODAP) V Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat (TPN.PB) di Merauke. Kami nonton film dokumenter tentang perjuangannya. Kawan Gusty tanyai apakah beliau sudah meninggal, dan saya jawab dia masih hidup dan menjadi bapak dari semua rakyat pejuang di

Victor Yeimo dan Cerita tentang Gen. TEPENAL Bernardus Mawen was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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09:47

R.I.P. GEN. BERNARD MAWEN "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We have lost an elder. Gen. Bernard Mawen was the Southern regional commander of the West Papuan National Liberation Army (OPM-TPN). I grew up watching "Rebels of the forgotten world" by Claudio Von Planta, one of the first documentary about the West Papuan Independence struggle. I can still remember that first moment, to see our

R.I.P. GEN. BERNARD MAWEN was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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09:11

Reporting on Extinction Rebellion in London 17th November "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I will be in London on Saturday Nov 17th to film the Extinction Rebellion direct actions. The plans is to shut down London's 5 major bridges to force Government action on the climate. I will be reporting from one of these bridges.
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  • Thousands of concerned citizens will today block Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges to raise the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis
  • An Extinction Assembly will feature six voices from six nations affected by climate breakdown including Raki Ap of Free West Papua Campaign, Rumana Hashem of Phulbari Solidarity Group (Bangladesh) as well as representatives from Ecuador, Kenya, Ghana and Mongolia
  • Speakers and musicians include the representative for Island States in the UN Farhana Yamin, Green Party politician Jenny Jones, academic and politician Rupert Read, Molly Scott Cato MEP, the One World Choir, female-fronted funk band Psychedelephant, Georgina Duncan, Greg Sanders Ensemble jazz band, reggae music from Pedro and the Simple Revolution, poet and singer Pete the Temp and musician Katherine Abbott, Hapi and the Lost Species, plus Tina Louise Rothery from the anti-fracking Lancashire Nanas
  • Protests planned around UK include from Cambridge and Glasgow to Sheffield and Totnes, plus large and small symbolic actions around the world in Washington DC and New York (US), Vancouver and Toronto (Canada), Cork, Galway and Dublin in Ireland, Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden plus Melbourne, Australia. 
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07:24

U.S. joins Australian plan to develop new Pacific naval base "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The United States will join Pacific ally Australia to build a naval base on Papua New Guineas Manus Island, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said, amid a push by regional powers to lock in alliances and secure access to key infrastructure.

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Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison reacts during the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 17 November 2018. Fazry Ismail/Pool via REUTERS

The plan, which comes on the heels of Chinas emergence as a possible developer of the deep-water site, was unveiled on Saturday at a Asia-Pacific forum hosted by Papua New Guinea (PNG) where world leaders voiced competing visions on how trade should be conducted in the region.

Analysts say a Chinese presence on Manus Island could impact the Wests ability to navigate the Pacific while offering Beijing close access to U.S. bases in Guam.

Manus Island was a major U.S. naval base during the Second World War, playing a key role in Washingtons Pacific strategy. Recently, it has hosted one of Australias two controversial offshore immigration detention centres.

Pence said the United States would partner with Australia and PNG on the Manus Island port project.

We will work with these nations to protect the sovereignty and maritime rights of Pacific islands as well, Pence said.

And you can be confident, the U.S. will continue to uphold the freedom of the seas and the skies.

Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, has for decades enjoyed largely unrivalled influence in the Pacific until China recently turned its attention to the region.

The United States has had a long-running dispute with China over maritime routes in the South China Sea. That has extended to the Pacific over concerns Beijing may use its increased influence, backed by its emerging status as a major bilateral lender to island economies, to secure access to infrastructure that could be used for military purposes, including deep-water ports and wharfs.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Nov. 1 that his country would fund development of the base on Manus Island with the support of the PNG government.

But neither party has sought support from l...

06:00

Go find a court for monsters: Duterte lashes out at ICC idiots "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The International Criminal Court (ICC) consist of idiots, tough talking Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte said, launching another attack on the body, which is targeting his war on drugs. Speaking in Papua New Guinea on Friday, the Philippines president refused to recognize the authority of the ICC, adding it is a mere creation of the European Union, hungry to spread its international governance. 

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Friday, 16 November

21:13

Nation: David Parker on trade, APEC and globalisation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker: Inclusive Trade Action Group meets in Port Moresby New Zealand, Chile and Canada today reaffirmed a commitment to work together to advance trade that benefits all their citizens. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker joined Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero and Canadian Deputy Minister for International Trade Tim []

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