Editor's note

If you’ve been reading the news, you may have spotted photos of Scott Morrison sporting sandals and colourful t-shirts in the Pacific. He wasn’t on holiday, but in the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu.

And despite facing frustrated demands from Pacific Island countries to take meaningful action on the existential threat of climate change, Australia kept its final communique free of real commitment.

Michael O’Keefe gives a recap of the trip. He explains how the inability to meet their expectations will erode Australia’s leadership credentials in the region, giving China more room to swoop in and gain influence.

Anthea Batsakis

Deputy Editor: Politics + Society

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The inability to meet Pacific Island expectations on climate change will erode Australia’s leadership credentials and influence in the region. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change

Michael O'Keefe, La Trobe University

Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory.

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