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Taiwan welcomes support from major allies
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 17 September 2021 (Guardian) - Taiwan has welcomed support from major allies after a US-Australia ministerial forum pledged stronger ties with the island and the European parliament called for a bilateral trade deal.

Climate experts fear Aukus will dash hopes of China emissions deal
LONDON, UK, 16 September 2021 (Guardian) - The timing of the new defence deal between the US, UK and Australia has dismayed climate experts, who fear it could have a negative effect on hopes of a deal with China on greenhouse gas emissions ahead of vital UN climate talks.

Faroes PM pledges dolphin hunt review amid outcry at carnage
TORSHAVN, Faroe Islands, 17 September 2021 (Guardian) - The mass killing of 1,428 white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands on Sunday sparked international outrage and led the Faroes prime minister to announce on Thursday that the government would review the dolphin hunt.

Safeguarding Pacific island seas starts with indigenous knowledge
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 September 2021 (The Interpreter) - The role of indigenous communities in marine governance is well-known. Whether in relation to Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary or the Cook Islands’ Marae Moana Marine Park, Pacific island governments have harnessed indigenous knowledge and traditional resource management to support shared stewardship of marine resources. 

Watchdogs focus on onshore owners of global fishing vessels
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 17 September 2021 (Mongabay) - When the STS-50 was seized in Indonesian waters for illegal fishing in April 2018, it became the poster child for global efforts to reveal the true identity behind vessel ownership.

For Indonesian MPs, Indigenous rights may be bad for business
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 17 September 2021 (Mongabay) - A long-delayed bill on Indigenous rights continues to languish in parliament because most lawmakers have business interests that are threatened by the acknowledgement of Indigenous land rights, activists say.

Japan draws red line in island dispute with China
TOKYO, Japan, 16 September 2021 (CNN) - Japan is drawing a red line around an island chain also claimed by China, pushing back at Beijing's increasingly aggressive military posturing, and setting the stage for a potential showdown between the region's two biggest powers.