16 Aug 2017

Australia signals closer engagement with Pacific

From , 5:05 am on 16 August 2017

Australia has signalled a closer engagement with the Pacific as the region's main political umbrella group reviews its security policy.

At a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum's foreign ministers in Fiji, Australia's Julie Bishop outlined the elements of Canberra's revised approach.

"The Pacific is our neighbourhood and Australia's long-term economic and security interests are tied to the region," she said.

Walter Zweifel asked Anna Powles of the Massey Centre for Defence and Security Studies for an assessment of the changes.

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Photo: Massey University