Palau

  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Allies, Partners continue push against IUU fishing

    FORUM Staff Seven years after the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed June 5 the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, Indo-Pacific Allies and Partners continue to lead the battle against an illicit activity that the U.N. says has “major implications for the conservation and management of ocean resources, as well as the food security…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Long-standing shiprider agreements boost Free and Open Indo-Pacific, protect EEZs

    FORUM Staff The shiprider program, the successful multilateral fisheries surveillance and law enforcement effort in the Indo-Pacific, traces its origins to the late 1980s when the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency recommended member countries develop a reciprocal enforcement agreement. The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Harriet Lane partners with local police, fisheries agencies and other officials in Fiji,…

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  • Oceania

    U.S. bolsters partnerships with Pacific island nations

    Benar News Renewal of close United States ties with the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands and Palau will strengthen regional security, leaders said after U.S. President Joe Biden signed a bill that includes $7.1 billion for the three Pacific allies. “The FSM and the U.S. reached an agreement with an outcome that I am confident will benefit…

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  • 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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  • Global Commons

    Pacific Partnership boosts humanitarian and disaster response, security and stability

    FORUM Staff Pacific Partnership 24-1 recently concluded a 16-day mission in Palau, including providing medical and dental care, as well as engineering, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). The United States-led Pacific Partnership originated in response to a December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia and has evolved from direct care to enhancing partnerships. It is the…

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  • Global Commons

    USNS Mercy delivering medical care, humanitarian assistance to Pacific islands

    FORUM Staff The United States Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is bringing doctors, dentists and other medical experts, as well as engineers and disaster response personnel, to the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau and the Solomon Islands. The deployment kicks off Pacific Partnership 2024, which began when USNS Mercy left its home port in San Diego, California, in October 2023 —…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    U.S. to enforce maritime law around Palau

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The United States has signed a new agreement with Palau, which gives U.S. ships the authorization to unilaterally enforce maritime regulations in the Pacific Island Country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the U.S. Coast Guard said in August 2023. The agreement follows pleas from Palau’s president for Washington’s help to deter Beijing’s “unwanted activities” in its coastal waters.…

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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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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Palau seeks more U.S. patrols of its waters after Chinese incursions

    Reuters The Pacific Island Country (PIC) of Palau has asked the United States to increase patrols of its waters after several incursions by Chinese vessels into its exclusive economic zone, Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr. said in mid-June 2023. Whipps said he would also welcome a bigger U.S. military presence in the country, with troops stationed alongside existing coast guard…

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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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