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February 22, 1987 | ROBERT C. TOTH, Times Staff Writer
The Soviet Union is taking advantage of a complex of economic, colonial and nuclear issues, including the tendency of U.S. tuna fishermen to thumb their noses at local peoples, to penetrate deeper than ever before into an area of the globe that the United States has long thought of as its own: the South Pacific. Last year, for example, the Soviets bought licenses to fish off Kiribati, the former Gilbert Islands, whose capital, Tarawa, was captured by U.S.
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July 14, 1987 | DAVID LAMB, Times Staff Writer
A group of New Caledonians has an unusual solution for the political future of this French overseas territory where Melanesians are agitating for independence: They would make it America's 51st state. The statehood idea is being pushed, only half in jest, by the American Assn., an informal coalition of about 10,000 people, most of them French settlers who remember fondly the massive presence of U.S. servicemen in the South Pacific during World War II.
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June 29, 1987 | DAVID LAMB, Times Staff Writer
The power that rules the Pacific . . . is the power that rules the world. --Sen. Albert J. Beveridge, 1900 After a long period as the exclusive domain of Western powers, the South Pacific has caught the interest of the Soviet Union and is being drawn into the East-West rivalry. The Soviets thus far have limited themselves to making diplomatic and commercial contacts, apparently in an attempt to make themselves acceptable on the small, remote and vulnerable island nations of the Pacific.
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June 29, 1987 | DAVID LAMB, Times Staff Writer
The power that rules the Pacific . . . is the power that rules the world. --Sen. Albert J. Beveridge, 1900 After a long period as the exclusive domain of Western powers, the South Pacific has caught the interest of the Soviet Union and is being drawn into the East-West rivalry. The Soviets thus far have limited themselves to making diplomatic and commercial contacts, apparently in an attempt to make themselves acceptable on the small, remote and vulnerable island nations of the Pacific.
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June 24, 1987 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, faced with a barrage of skeptical questions from Samoan journalists during a brief stop here en route home, defended French nuclear testing in the South Pacific as environmentally safe and strategically necessary.
NEWS
July 14, 1987 | DAVID LAMB, Times Staff Writer
A group of New Caledonians has an unusual solution for the political future of this French overseas territory where Melanesians are agitating for independence: They would make it America's 51st state. The statehood idea is being pushed, only half in jest, by the American Assn., an informal coalition of about 10,000 people, most of them French settlers who remember fondly the massive presence of U.S. servicemen in the South Pacific during World War II.
NEWS
June 24, 1987 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, faced with a barrage of skeptical questions from Samoan journalists during a brief stop here en route home, defended French nuclear testing in the South Pacific as environmentally safe and strategically necessary.
NEWS
February 22, 1987 | ROBERT C. TOTH, Times Staff Writer
The Soviet Union is taking advantage of a complex of economic, colonial and nuclear issues, including the tendency of U.S. tuna fishermen to thumb their noses at local peoples, to penetrate deeper than ever before into an area of the globe that the United States has long thought of as its own: the South Pacific. Last year, for example, the Soviets bought licenses to fish off Kiribati, the former Gilbert Islands, whose capital, Tarawa, was captured by U.S.
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