A Political Chronology of South-East Asia and Oceania

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Palau

c. 2000 BC: The first settlers arrived in the islands now known as Palau, probably from Indonesia.

AD 1710-12: The Spanish were the first Europeans to visit Palau, naming the islands Los Palos.

1886: The islands were formally annexed to the Spanish Crown.

1899: Spain sold the Caroline Islands (including Palau) and the Mariana Islands (except Guam) to Germany. Palau was placed under the administration of the Governor of German New Guinea.

1914: Japan occupied the islands during the First World War.

1920: Japan received a mandate for the administration of Palau from the League of Nations.

1944-45: The USA occupied the islands during the Second World War.

1947: Palau became part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), established by the UN (to be administered by the USA).

1965: The Congress of Micronesia was formed, with representatives of all the TTPI islands. It was created by the USA in preparation for the granting of greater self-governance to Micronesian territories.

1967: A Commission was established to examine the future political status of the islands.

1970: The Commission declared Micronesians’ rights to sovereignty over their own lands, self-determination, the right to their own constitution and to revoke any form of free association with the USA.

1978: Palau (along with the Marshall Islands) rejected participation in a federal Micronesian state.

July 1979: A referendum took place in which Palau approved a proposed local constitution.

1 January 1981: Palau’s Constitution came into effect, and the islands were renamed the Republic of Palau.

August 1982: The USA signed a Compact of Free Association with Palau.

February 1983: More than 60% of Palauans voted in favour of the Compact. However, fewer than the required 75% approved changing the Constitution to allow the transit and storage of nuclear materials.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Australia 1
  • Brunei 16
  • Cambodia 22
  • East Timor 42
  • Fiji 50
  • Indonesia 58
  • Kiribati 81
  • Laos 85
  • Malaysia 96
  • Marshall Islands 108
  • Federated States of Micronesia 112
  • Myanmar 115
  • Nauru 127
  • New Zealand 131
  • Palau 145
  • Papua New Guinea 148
  • The Philippines 157
  • Samoa 176
  • Singapore 180
  • Solomon Islands 186
  • Thailand 191
  • Tonga 208
  • Tuvalu 211
  • Vanuatu 213
  • Vanuatu 215
  • Viet Nam 217
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