Federated States of Micronesia / FSM

  • Global Commons

    Pacific Partnership 24-1 wraps final mission stop building humanitarian, disaster response

    FORUM Staff The numbers are impressive: 7,667 pairs of prescription glasses and at least 7,440 pairs of sunglasses distributed; more than 6,847 dental procedures completed; nearly 4,000 hours of construction project labor provided; 300 surgeries conducted; and 38 concerts performed. That is the final tally of Pacific Partnership 24-1, which ended its five-mission tour in January 2024 in Chuuk, Federated…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Task Force Koa Moana 23 strengthens South Pacific partnerships

    FORUM Staff About 200 United States Marines and Sailors visited three South Pacific nations from June through September 2023 to bolster relationships, enhance infrastructure and improve citizens’ lives. Task Force Koa Moana 23 deployed in detachments to the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Combat Logistics Battalion 11, part of the 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted…

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  • Global Commons

    Australia, Japan, U.S. to fund undersea cable connection in Micronesia

    The Associated Press Japan announced in early June 2023 that it has joined Australia and the United States in a $95 million undersea cable project that will connect East Micronesia island nations to improve digital networks in the Indo-Pacific. The approximately 2,250-kilometer cable will connect the state of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia, Tarawa in Kiribati and Nauru…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    U.S. Coast Guard tackles IUU fishing, deepens partnerships in Oceania

    FORUM Staff A collaborative mission of enforcement and engagement brought success on both fronts during the United States Coast Guard cutter Oliver Henry’s monthlong, 9,700-kilometer patrol of the Pacific Ocean. The fast-response cutter traversed the exclusive economic zones of partner nations Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, as well as international waters between the Pacific Island Countries to counter…

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  • Oceania

    Fiji investigates allegations of Chinese spying

    VOICE OF AMERICA Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka vowed to investigate whether the Chinese Communist Party spied on a senior Pacific leader while he visited the island nation. David Panuelo, outgoing president of the Federated States of Micronesia, alleged to his country’s legislature that Chinese agents followed him in Fiji. An outspoken Beijing critic, he also has accused the People’s…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Micronesia’s outgoing president calls to cut ties with PRC, recognize Taiwan

    Radio Free Asia The Federated States of Micronesia’s [FSM] outgoing president has called for his country to recognize Taiwan, accusing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of “political warfare” in the strategically located Pacific Island Country (PIC). In a March 2023 letter to state governors and members of Micronesia’s Congress, President David Panuelo, pictured, said he met with Taiwan Foreign…

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  • Key Issues

    Cope North 2023 hones strategic combat skills, coordination among Pacific partners

    FORUM Staff Allies and partners in the Pacific launched exercise Cope North 2023 in February, bolstering their capacity for airborne force coordination, agile combat and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). The exercise, sponsored by United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), brought together about 2,000 members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), French Air and Space Force, Japan Air…

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  • Key Issues

    U.S. Coast Guard medevacs injured fisherman to Micronesia

    FORUM Staff The 31-year-old Vietnamese fisherman couldn’t feel his legs or his right arm when a team from U.S. Coast Guard cutter Frederick Hatch reached him in November 2022. He had head injuries from a 3.5-meter fall and, by then, the fishing boat was more than 300 kilometers off the coast of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).…

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