China has extensive economic interests abroad and is seeking a global military presence to protect them and to project power - including in the South Pacific.
Former deputy prime minister Michael McCormack was taken to hospital, where he is "recovering well" after being treated for dehydration.
Now is the moment for the international community to stand in solidarity and decisively act to protect the human rights of people in all nations, rich and poor, north and south, who are suffering the unjust impacts of fossil fuel-driven climate change.
Relief workers are concerned the storm could threaten the county's response to COVID-19.
"Trees are falling, visibility is very very poor, we cannot see far more than [six feet]," one humanitarian worker said.
Volcanic ash has flattened roofs, contaminated water and corrupted crops.
The warships were sailing through the South China Sea on their way to Vietnam on April 15.
The quake was the second recorded in New Caledonia in 12 hours and the third in a month.
The leaked tax return suggests the president needs a tax shelter, fast.
The mapping service has expanded its reach to include "one of the largest boiling lava lakes in the world."
Unfortunate timing meant key officials were overseas just as Cyclone Pam hit.