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China is the superpower to watch

FIVE countries and one region are going to the polls this year to get a fresh and new mandate from their electorate,

2016 January

Small kingdom, BIG risk

WITH an extremely thin export base, Tonga’s economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and fisheries. Expect little change to the economy in

2016 January

Focus on tourist arrivals

WITH visitor arrivals up 6.1 per cent in the first three quarters of 2015, Samoa will increase momentum in the tourism industry

2016 January

Headaches as Aussie rebuilds relations

THE rise and rise of Australia’s new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revived relations with the Pacific Islands. While there is continuity

What’s ahead

O’Neill’s to-do list PETER O’Neill as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea should expect a full on year in 2016, having starved

2016 January

Time’s up for Kilman?

FOURTEEN prime ministers in 15 years of independence, with no government serving for more than 13 months since 2012, the only predictable