Latest Kiribati News

Pacific island national leaders declare climate emergency

Jul. 15, 2022 03:55 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Pacific island national leaders declared a climate emergency on Friday and agreed to try to bring Kiribati back to the region’s main diplomatic grouping. Kiribati announced it had withdrawn from the 18-member Pacific Islands Forum ahead of a leaders’ summit in...

Solomons leader: Chinese base would make his people targets

Jul. 14, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said Thursday that his country’s new security pact with Beijing would not allow China to build a military base on the South Pacific nation and make his citizens “targets for potential military strikes.” ...

Harris vows US will strengthen its Pacific islands relations

Jul. 13, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris assured Pacific island leaders of more U.S. engagement after acknowledging Wednesday the United States may not have previously provided the diplomatic attention the region deserved. Harris’ virtual address to the Pacific Islands...

US Vice President Harris to announce investments in Pacific

Jul. 12, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will announce new investments in the Pacific and the opening of two embassies when she addresses a summit on Wednesday of island nations that are increasingly coming under Chinese influence. Harris will speak virtually at...

China falls short on big Pacific deal but finds smaller wins

May. 30, 2022 06:34 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — China fell short Monday on a bold plan to have 10 Pacific nations endorse a sweeping new agreement covering everything from security to fisheries as some in the region expressed deep concerns. But there have been plenty of smaller wins for China's Foreign Minister...

China's Pacific plan seen as regional strategic game-changer

May. 27, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When China signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the U.S. and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of traditional American naval dominance. But China upped...

China's FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake

May. 27, 2022 03:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's foreign minister on Friday arrived on the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake. The planned four-hour visit by Wang Yi was his second stop on an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing...

New Zealand plane finds 7 missing aboard 2 boats in Pacific

May. 24, 2022 04:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Seven people on two small boats that drifted for days in the Pacific have been rescued after a New Zealand plane spotted them near the remote island nation of Kiribati. New Zealand’s military said Tuesday that the crew aboard an Orion plane had...