ASPI Policy Analysis #74 by Ronald May (ANU). This Policy Analysis argues that a unified Melanesian Spearhead Group, backed by China, could provide a counterweight to the strong influences exerted by Australia and New Zealand through the Pacific Islands Forum. With a meeting of the MSG due to be held in Fiji in the first quarter of 2011, the paper reviews the recent history of the MSG and considers the possible implications of events for Australia’s role in the region.
Pacific regional events
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- New Tonga Rugby A team coach keen to fix his country's sporting landscape
- New Caledonia and NZ battle for Oceania crown after securing FIFA U17 World Cup places
- World Rugby 7s in Sydney, with Fiji's automatic Olympic berth in some jeopardy
- Search is on to find a new name for Fijiana Super W team
- PNG set for first appearance at World Cross Country Champs since 1998