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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.
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.
Jokkowi holds bilateral meeting with Solomon Islands prime minister
Reporter: Antara 5 hours ago
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...
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 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...
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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...
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...
Leading West Papuan independence fighter dies
2:25 pm today
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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...
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.
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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