All Blacks coach backs Australia's Super Rugby teams

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks coach Ian Foster has strongly backed Australian involvement in any new Super Rugby competition created next year or after the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

China claims Taiwan pays off influencers to misinterpret controversial Kiribati photo

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The photo of a Chinese diplomat walking on the backs of Kiribati men has sparked controversy, but China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian (趙立堅) has defende...

Photo of Chinese ambassador walking on backs of Kiribati people sparks debate

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The photo of a Chinese ambassador walking on the backs of people lying in a row in Kiribati, which switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China last year, has spar...

'Recent US-Australian joint statement significant for Taiwan': Academic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — At an annual political meeting between American and Australian foreign affairs and defense personnel, officials made a joint statement on Tuesday (July 28) highlighting Ta...

New Zealand should open up for Taiwanese travelers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A New Zealand economist has urged the government to open its borders to Taiwan, which poses a mitigated risk of coronavirus transmission. Eric Crampton, chief economist...

NZ plans to cut South Africa, Argentina from Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is pushing for a new Super Rugby competition that would exclude South Africa and Argentina but include a Pacific Islands team and an undetermined number of A...

Taiwan, US hold video conference on Pacific region epidemic prevention

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Thursday (June 4) that Taiwan and the U.S. held an online dialogue on epidemic prevention assistance in the Pacific in ...

Palau considers establishing safe travel bubble with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Palau is currently considering establishing a safe travel circle with Taiwan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) said on Wednesday (May 13). ...

Isolated by oceans: Hawaii, other islands tamp down virus

HONOLULU (AP) — Flying to a faraway beach might seem like the perfect way to escape a pandemic, but for isolated Pacific islands, controlling the coronavirus means cutting off tourism. ...

Beaumont heads into 2nd term with rugby 'at a crossroads'

Confronting and managing an unprecedented financial crisis. Uniting the northern and southern hemispheres in one global calendar. Maintaining the growth of the women’s and sevens games. ...

WHO official says coronavirus pandemic in Asia 'far from over'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Dr. Takeshi Kasai, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director of the Western Pacific, warned Tuesday (March 31) that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in As...

Virus cases balloon around the world as China recovers

BEIJING (AP) — As the rest of the world mobilized to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, China continued to ease up lockdown measures in its hardest-hit region, where the number of ne...

The Latest: New Zealand orders self-quarantine on arrivals

The Latest on the world's coronavirus pandemic: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced what she says will be some of the toughest border restrictions in the world in...

New Zealand leader says nation changed after mosque attacks

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that New Zealanders have become more engaged with the Muslim community in the year since a gunman killed 51 people at two mos...

Bloomberg's hope for Super Tuesday splash lands in Pacific

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — What does more than $500 million get you? For Mike Bloomberg, it was 175 winning votes in this U.S. territory — a group of Pacific islands with lush vegetation and stu...