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The Solomon Islands-China Deal



22 April 2022




Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week we welcome four new APLN members, Carlos D. Sorreta writes on drawing dangerous lessons about nuclear deterrence from the war in Ukraine, and Jade Guan assesses Australia’s responses to the security deal between China and the Solomon Islands. We also feature new job opportunities and recent member activities.





APLN is pleased to announce that four new members have joined our network: 
  • Hon. Nikki Kaye, former politician who served as the member of the New Zealand Parliament for the Auckland Central electorate from 2008 until 2020.
  • Amb. Jesus (Gary) S. Domingo, Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand and career diplomat.
  • Mr. Kawasaki Akira, member of the Executive Committee of Peace Boat and sitting President and International Steering Group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
  • Dr. Fumihiko Yoshida, Director of Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA).








Carlos D. Sorreta, APLN member and former Philippine Ambassador to Russia and Ukraine warns against the dangerous, but often repeated, argument that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could have been prevented had Ukraine kept nuclear weapons, and emphasises the risks that this argument poses for the Korean Peninsula.



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Jade Guan, Lecturer in Strategic Studies of Deakin University reviews Australian reactions to the new security deal between China and the Solomon Islands and assesses the implications for Australian foreign policy in the South Pacific.



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We are looking to recruit talented new people, interested in working remotely but based in the Asia-Pacific. The deadline for all positions is April 29th.





Senior research adviser




As senior research adviser, you will play a key role in designing and implementing research projects, and conducting research on nuclear deterrence and disarmament issues. You will have strong knowledge or expertise relating to China, and defence and security issues in the Asia Pacific. 



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Communications officer




As communications officer, you will ensure APLN has an effective and well-targeted communications strategy, enhancing the reach of our network, research, and policy activities. You will have an interest and understanding of international affairs issues and communications experience.



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Graphic design intern




As graphic design intern you will support APLN’s advocacy and promotional activities, including the organisation’s graphical profile, website appearance, and social media campaigns. This position is paid and part-time.



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Suggestions for Yoon to build facts-based foreign policy
On 4 April, APLN vice-chair Chung-in Moon, chairman of the Sejong Institute, wrote his regular column in Hankyoreh, where he discussed the foreign policy challenges facing the new South Korean president.




The Fractured Himalaya: India Tibet China 1949 to 1962
On 27 April, APLN member Nirupama Rao will discuss her book The Fractured Himalaya at a seminar organised by the Institute for Chinese Studies in Dehli.





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