Australia has committed $2 billion to the Pacific Patrol Boats scheme to assist with maritime surveillance and to combat illegal fishing.
Indonesia's 'Look East' policy envisages tripling the value of trade with the Pacific island region and includes US$20 million for the Pacific Islands Development Forum to combat the effects of climate change.
At its recent meeting in Nadi, the Pacific Islands Development Forum made some progress in engaging with the private sector and civil society groupings.
An article in the latest issue of the journal of Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies looks at what the 'Pacific Solution' means for Nauru, PNG and the region more widely.
This weekend sees the start of the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea. To get you in the mood here is a performance from the IARE group from Solomon Islands who took part in the last festival in New Caledonia:
China's state owned aerospace and defence manufacturer AVIC has just released a music video apparently marking the 65th anniversary of the PLA Navy. It looks like China's new aircraft carrier, though far from operational, is already coming in handy as a PR tool.
In this quick comment, Russian scholar Matthew Dal Santo looks at how Russia-Turkey relations have changed in the last 12 months and why the shooting death of Russia's ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara is unlikely to derail the budding rapprochement.