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Top-level Chinese delegation visits Fiji

By Frank Gaglioti, October 4, 2012

The small Pacific state is being drawn into the vortex of the US-China rivalry that is reaching into every corner of the region.

Australia normalises relations with Fijian regime

By Patrick O’Connor, August 4, 2012

The move is aimed at countering China’s growing diplomatic influence in Fiji and the South Pacific region.

Flooding in Fiji kills seven, leaves thousands homeless

By Will Morrow, February 1, 2012

More than 3,500 people were forced to flee their homes last week to makeshift evacuation centres established in schools, military bases and government buildings.

Fijian military government announces end to emergency laws

By Will Morrow, January 6, 2012

The decision was cautiously welcomed by the US and Australia, signalling a possible rapprochement between the regional powers and the military junta.

Fijian junta imposes draconian anti-union laws

By Will Morrow, December 17, 2011

Commodore Frank Bainimarama’s military regime has deepened its assault on the working class, seeking to lure foreign investment.

WikiLeaks cables reveal Australian government divisions over Fijian junta

By Patrick O’Connor, September 1, 2011

In 2009, amid fears of rising Chinese influence, the parliamentary secretary for Pacific Island Affairs secretly urged the US to pressure Prime Minister Rudd to reach an accommodation with the Fijian regime.

US delegation tours Pacific island states

By Frank Gaglioti, July 18, 2011

The initiative was aimed at reinforcing US dominance in the region and came as the Obama administration stepped up its provocative efforts to contain Chinese influence in East Asia.

WikiLeaks cables reveal Chinese vice president’s secret visit to Fiji, in defiance of Australia

By Robert Morgan, May 27, 2011

Beijing told Canberra the 2009 flight to Fiji was a mere “transit” stopover, en route to Latin America, but Vice President Xi Jinping then spent two days meeting with senior junta members.

Split erupts within Fijian military regime

By Frank Gaglioti, Patrick O’Connor, May 25, 2011

Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Mara has coupled his demand for “regime change” with an appeal to Australia and New Zealand to intervene.

South Pacific countries defy Australian government and back Fijian military regime

By Patrick O’Connor, April 4, 2011

Canberra’s strategy of shoring up its control over the South Pacific by forcing the military to return Fiji to civilian rule now lies in tatters.

US moves to normalise relations with Fiji’s junta

By Frank Gaglioti, October 21, 2010

The Obama administration has moved to reestablish ties with the military regime in Fiji, cutting across the Australian government’s imposition of sanctions.

Fiji expels senior Australian diplomat

By Patrick O’Connor, July 15, 2010

Amid rising great power rivalries across the Pacific, the Australian government sabotaged a meeting of Melanesian Spearhead Group heads of government that was due to be held in Fiji next week.