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EXPLAINER: How do Australian parties differ on key issues?

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s center-left opposition Labor Party has outspent the ruling conservative Liberal Party-led coalition in election promises during the six-week campaign leading up ...

Economy, China, climate dominate as Australia set for polls

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians will go to the polls on Saturday following a six-week campaign that has focused on pandemic-fueled inflation, climate change and fears of a Chinese military outp...

Chinese ambassador says Solomons pact no threat to Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese ambassador says China’s engagement with South Pacific island countries poses no threat to Australia, responding to fears that Beijing will establish a military foo...

Australian leader silent on reaction to feared Chinese base

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Sunday refused to say how his government might respond if China attempted to establish a military base less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles)...

Australian, Solomon Islands ministers discuss China pact

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister has met her Solomon Islands counterpart for the first time since the South Pacific nation signed a security pact with China, which has raised co...

Australia seeks friendship with Solomons despite China pact

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's defense minister said Friday that his nation wants to continue having a strong friendship with the Solomon Islands despite it signing a security pact with China. ...

Morrison defends management of Australia's ties to Solomons

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday he was following security officials’ advice in managing bilateral relations with the Solomon Islands after the South ...

Taiwan’s old allies become new ‘strategic chokepoints’ between US-China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Both the Solomon Islands and Panama, two of Taiwan’s former allies, are fast becoming geopolitical hotspots as competition for influence between the U.S. and China h...

US assistant secretary of state pledges to encourage global partners to deepen ties with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. has always lauded Taiwan as a democratic leader and will continue to call on regional allies to deepen ties with it, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East As...

Japan joins US, Australia in trying to reverse Solomon Islands' China deal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan sent Vice-Foreign Minister Uesugi Kentaro to the Solomon Islands on Monday (April 25) as geopolitical tensions heat up over the Pacific nation’s recent securit...

US warns of response to any permanent China military presence in Solomons

April 22 (Reuters) - A senior-level U.S. delegation met the Solomon Islands' leader on Friday and warned that Washington would have "significant concerns and respond accordingly" to any ...

US officials land in Solomons to discuss China pact concerns

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation arrived Friday in the Solomon Islands to express its concern that China could send military forces to the South Pacific nation and destabilize t...

New Zealand's Ardern in Tokyo to meet Kishida, promote trade

TOKYO (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Japan on Thursday as part of her first trip abroad in more than two years, as her government seeks to promote the country's reopening for b...

Solomon Islands: What does the security pact with China entail?

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of the Solomon Islands stressed on Wednesday that the country's new security agreement with China won't hurt regional security in the Pacific. "I ask all...

Solomon Islands leader defends new security pact with China

BANGKOK (AP) — The Solomon Islands prime minister confirmed Wednesday that his government has signed a new security agreement with China, but told lawmakers it would not “undermine the peace and harmo...