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British High Commissioner Laura Clarke with Honorary Consul Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu

 

The United Kingdom is opening a new High Commission in Apia.

 

The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced the opening of nine new diplomatic posts across the Commonwealth, including in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

 

“As a Commonwealth family of nations, it is in our shared interest to boost prosperity, tackle security issues and clear up the environment,” he said.

 

These new diplomatic posts are in regions which provide huge potential and opportunity post-Brexit for British businesses and will help us to deepen our relationships across the Commonwealth.

 

After we leave the EU, Global Britain will remain outward facing, open for business and a champion of the rules-based international order.”

 

Laura Clarke, non-Resident British High Commissioner to Samoa, said:

 

“I am delighted that the Foreign Secretary has decided to open a High Commission in Samoa. I very much enjoyed my first visit to Samoa in March this year, and came back convinced that the UK should increase its work and presence there.

 

There is a natural affinity between the UK and Samoa. Ours is a partnership based on a shared history, shared values, and a shared political and judicial system. We work in partnership together on shared challenges – such as combating climate change – and we are both proud members of the Commonwealth. There is so much more that we can achieve together.

 

I look forward to working with the Government of Samoa as we set up our new British High Commission in Apia before I hand over my responsibility for Samoa, with both sadness and pride, to the new Resident British High Commissioner.”

 

It is expected that the new British High Commission in Apia will open in 2019.

 

http://www.samoaobserver.ws/en/21_04_2018/local/32410/United-Kingdom-to-open-High-Commission-in-Apia.htm

 

Personal Comment From Bors:

It begins...Britain casting the net after Brexit...also finally countering Russia in the South Pacific.

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An arms shipment hardly makes Fiji into North Korea.

 

Although I agree the timing of these new outposts will have been at least in part a reaction to Russia's arms dealing in our backyard.

 

Australia and New Zealand are partially to blame for pushing Fiji closer to Russia after the coup by Banimarama.

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It begins...Britain casting the net after Brexit...also finally countering Russia in the South Pacific.

 

Russia isn't exactly doing much in the South Pacific. Those islands haven't mattered since coal stations stopped being a thing.

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Russia isn't exactly doing much in the South Pacific. Those islands haven't mattered since coal stations stopped being a thing.

 

Continental shelves are the latest thing we want to keep influence over.;)

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Continental shelves are the latest thing we want to keep influence over.;)

 

Ok to head in that direction you need significant deep-water exploration efforts, and I don't see that happening. Britain doesn't even have a GUGI equivalent.

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I don't know what a GUGI is, stop being a douche when you discuss and say what it is not the acronym. Or at least explain the acronym first before using it.

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I don't know what a GUGI is, stop being a douche when you discuss and say what it is not the acronym. Or at least explain the acronym first before using it.

 

Google it, and look at the first 5 results. Which do you think I'm talking about?

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You're telling the story here. I didn't sign up for audience participation. If you want people to give a fuck about what you're saying then explain it to them, otherwise be warm in the knowledge that people aren't really listening or caring.

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You're telling the story here. I didn't sign up for audience participation. If you want people to give a fuck about what you're saying then explain it to them, otherwise be warm in the knowledge that people aren't really listening or caring.

 

I'm already warm in that knowledge. Don't listen. Don't care. I'm not your mom, or your highschool teacher. ;)

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The UK has several deep sea research firms. Your point is nonsense.

 

None of them operate on the scale of GUGI. Multiple deepwater nuke subs? An entire fleet of deep-sea research vessels?

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There’s at least a fleet of deep marine research vessels in the UK.

 

In this case we have a fleet of 7 nuke subs for deep water research, with 2 more on the way (unclear whether fleet expansion or if they will retire the older vessels, though the oldest, currently serving, entered service in 1994). The only ones with similar experience in deep water operations is the US, who have done similar work, including tapping underwater communication cables.

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In this case we have a fleet of 7 nuke subs for deep water research, with 2 more on the way (unclear whether fleet expansion or if they will retire the older vessels, though the oldest, currently serving, entered service in 1994). The only ones with similar experience in deep water operations is the US, who have done similar work, including tapping underwater communication cables.

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