Almost seven months after Papua New Guinea staged the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, the majority of the controversial Maserati's it bought to ferry around VIPs are still sitting in Port Moresby.
Papua New Guinea public broadcaster EMTV succumbs to public pressure and announces the reinstatement of suspended journalist Scott Waide.
Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin hits out at Australia over plans to redevelop a joint naval base on the Pacific island, saying he's never been consulted on the plan that the United States is also backing.
Plans to host US warships at a redeveloped naval base on Manus Island will undermine China's plans to establish a military presence in the Pacific, says one analyst. Scott Morrison says PNG asked the US and Australia to get involved, as the countries vie for influence in the region.
Chinese authorities deny media entry to a Pacific leaders meeting with President Xi Jinping despite them being invited to cover it.
The strongly-worded comments follow the Australian Government's recently-unveiled "pivot to the Pacific", with Prime Minister Scott Morrison promising closer defence and security ties with Australia's Pacific neighbours as a bulwark against rising Chinese influence.
This week world leaders descend on Papua New Guinea for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, an event that has stoked controversy before it even begins.
The Papua New Guinean government sparks anger by purchasing 40 custom-made Maserati cars — specially flown in from Italy — for leaders during APEC, at a time when PNG is seeing a resurgence of polio.
Size does matter, but when it comes to a comparison of China's economy with that of, say, Australia or Japan, it really comes down to what can do with it.