New Caledonia

The China factor in France’s growing engagement in the “peaceful sea”
The China factor in France’s growing engagement in the “peaceful sea”
In recent years, France has stepped up its Pacific engagement. In October 2020, it appointed Christophe Penot as its first ambassador for the Indo-Pacific. It released an updated…
Australia can’t stay silent on decolonisation in the Pacific
Australia can’t stay silent on decolonisation in the Pacific
The newly elected Albanese government has made initial steps to reset its relationship with France, ruptured by the AUKUS agreement and the cancellation of the $90 billion Naval…
New Caledonia: Not either/or when it comes to France and China
New Caledonia: Not either/or when it comes to France and China
Is China about to plant a red-and-yellow flag in Nouméa, its latest Pacific trophy? Not really. But that’s the impression local politicians are increasingly adept at conveying,…
AUKUS debate “influenced France’s attitude towards New Caledonia”
AUKUS debate “influenced France’s attitude towards New Caledonia”
As voters in New Caledonia prepare for this Sunday’s referendum on self-determination – a poll that will be boycotted by independence supporters – New Caledonian leaders have said…
New Caledonia’s third independence referendum, and the day after
New Caledonia’s third independence referendum, and the day after
The third and final self-determination referendum in New Caledonia will take place on 12 December – the date settled after a week of ministerial consultations in Paris commencing…
New Caledonia eyes final vote on independence
New Caledonia eyes final vote on independence
France is showing signs of frustration as it exerts all efforts to underline the real consequences of independence for those long-standing New Caledonian residents who will vote…
New Caledonia: A vote lost, yet independence advocates claim a win
New Caledonia: A vote lost, yet independence advocates claim a win
On Sunday, nearly 181,000 voters from New Caledonia, a French archipelago colonised in 1853 and just 1,500 kilometres off the cost of Australia, were called to the polls to answer…
The demographic influence in New Caledonia’s next referendum
The demographic influence in New Caledonia’s next referendum
On 4 October, New Caledonia will hold a referendum on independence from France, the second in a series of three possible referendums agreed to in the Noumea Accord. With voting…
Another independence referendum looms in New Caledonia
Another independence referendum looms in New Caledonia
New Caledonia will vote again on whether to remain within the French republic on 4 October 2020. At the last such referendum, in November 2018, the result was 56.67% against…
New Caledonia: coronavirus deepens the divide
New Caledonia: coronavirus deepens the divide
Four months out from New Caledonia’s next scheduled vote on independence, a pro-independence leader has denounced France’s handling of the Covid pandemic in the territory as…