China's 'friendship' in the Pacific draws thanks and suspicions

Chinese cash paid for the flash Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission administrative building and the state government headquarters.

Part-way between Guam and Hawaii, Beijing is not laying claim to sovereignty over Pohnpei island but is aiming to win new friends in the government.

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Blighted island left to sing for its supper

Nauru's economy hinges on refugee camp slated to close

Its sole natural resource is almost exhausted, it once squandered a fortune on a West End musical about Leonardo da Vinci and its people are among the least healthy on Earth.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

President's use of 3 planes for four-day trip raises ire

Scandal-plagued Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has come under fire over his coming visit to Palau and Nauru - two of the island's allies in the South Pacific - with a planned refuelling stop in the US territory of Guam.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Diving force

In episode six of reality-television show Survivor Palau, the contestants endured a night of torrential rain. They huddled together in communal misery, shivering and complaining, and as the sun rose on their waterlogged camps, one competitor, Janu, chin aquiver, began to cry. She was cold, she was tired and she wanted to go home.

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

A vote for Palau

Everybody loves free trips. VIPs and celebrities are no exception. Earlier this month, PR maven Margery Au led a small group on a promo excursion to the Micronesian island of Palau. If the location rings a bell, it was used for a recent series of the reality show Survivor.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Visitors zoom in on TV and film locations

A few months ago, the tiny Micronesian island cluster of Palau was one of the world's most obscure nations.

But in February, its tourism website received nearly 7 million hits - thanks to the latest series of US reality TV show Survivor, set on one of its islands.

21 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Guam uni offers a sporting chance of learning

As 3,000 overseas students investigated the delights of the University of Guam as part of their tour package of the Western Pacific island last year, it sparked an idea that would enable the university to put its 120-acre campus to use as a centre for educational tourism.

27 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Australian citizenship pitch for Nauruans

Australia is considering a plan to give citizenship to the 10,000 people of Nauru, an impoverished island in the South Pacific, as a reward for hosting refugee detention centres over the past two years.

20 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

After squandering its wealth, the tiny island faces the threat of US sanctions over its passport sales

For a geographical minnow adrift in the vastness of the South Pacific, the tiny island of Nauru carries a world of woes on its shoulders.

The pinprick of land, which covers just 21 sq km and has one road, has been left an environmental basket case by decades of phosphate mining.

13 Apr 2003 - 12:00am


Mongolia chalked up only their second victory ever yesterday - nearly 10 years after the first. And they had a 17-year-old high school student making his debut to thank for the 2-0 win over Guam in the East Asian Championship qualifier.

25 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Oxford's scheme draws criticism

A plan by Oxford Properties & Finance to issue new shares to pay for a project in Guam would do little to boost trade in the company's illiquid shares, minority investors in the firm said yesterday.

11 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Skeletons may yield clues in 'ghost raft' mystery

Police in the scattered Pacific island nation of Micronesia will exhume the bones of a mother and child as they struggle to unravel the mystery surrounding the arrival of 13 bamboo 'ghost rafts'.

28 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Cut-price Micronesia

Continental Airlines is offering low price packages to the Micronesian islands of Guam, Saipan and Tinian.

An eight-day visit to the three islands, including air tickets and hotels is only $4,090. The airline is offering a variety of other holidays, starting at $2,890 for four days in Guam. Golf or diving packages are also available in Saipan or Guam from $3,990 to $4,990.

18 May 1999 - 12:00am

Better air links make Guam ideal for quick getaway

There is nowhere quite like Guam. The tiny Micronesian island's strategic location for military forces in the Pacific has led at various times to occupations by the Spanish, the Japanese and the Americans, and each has left its mark.

17 May 1998 - 12:00am

The day paradise was lost

It was just another balmy summer day on December 8, 1941, when 10-year-old Frank Manlbusan heard the slow drone of aircraft break the early-morning silence. Moments later the ground shook and he heard explosions in nearby Apra Harbour.

9 Apr 1998 - 12:00am