‘US and China Represent Two Sides of the Same Coin to Pacific Islanders’ - Huffington Post Features Recap of Fiji High Commissioner Remarks at SOAS on Asia-Pacific Security
In a speech given last Tuesday to the Pacific Islands Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies(SOAS), the Fiji High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Solo Mara, argued that the Pacific Islands region has a ‘voice that is beginning to be recognized on the global stage’ as it emerges as a possible “geo-strategic political pitch for the super-powers, particularly China and the United States.” On this political pitch, the High Commissioner maintained that “the (United States) and China to Pacific Islanders represent two sides of the same coin.” Yet, his prepared remarks expressed far more criticism of western engagement in the region than that of China …
READ FULL STORY HERE: “Fiji High Commissioner - China Stepping in When US and UK Withdrew”
New Zealand High Commissioner to UK Speaks at SOAS
Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Rob Taylor, delivers sweeping overview of US-NZ strategic relations. A full transcript of his speech can be found here.
SOAS Research Student Publishes Recap of US-NZ Strategic Partnership Event
The president of the Pacific Islands Society at SOAS, Eddie Walsh, published a recap of the event on Huffington Post this afternoon. The article, entitled “New Zealand High Commissioner: Shared Values Driving Ever Stronger US-NZ Partnership,” can be found here.
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Pacific Islands Society at SOAS Launches New Website
We are pleased to announce that the Pacific Islands Society at SOAS will be launching its new website on February, 11, 2013. This coincides with the first event in the spring ambassador series. We encourage everyone at the University of London constituent colleges (SOAS, LSE, King’s, etc.) to check it out and to join us for an upcoming event.
Official Statement of SOAS Pacific Islands Society on Earthquake Tsunami in Soloman Islands
We, the Pacific Islands Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), extend our sincere condolences to the victims of todays’ Pacific tsunami. We mourn with the families of those who lost their lives and property in Soloman Islands and hope very much that the extent of the damage is far less than currently feared. In light of this event, we call on the students and faculty of SOAS, as well as the broader University of London community, to consider supporting charities, like the Red Cross, who will be part of the disaster response, relief, and recovery in the Pacific Islands.
Read more about the tsunami here: Earthquake tsunami kills at least six in the Soloman Islands