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New Zealand beats Tonga 26-6 in rare rugby league test

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A strong first-half performance set up New Zealand’s 26-6 win over Tonga on Saturday in the home side's first rugby league test in almost three years. Ne...

Taiwan excluded from RIMPAC despite US Congress insistence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the 2022 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise fast approaches, Taiwan has notably not been invited despite calls from U.S. Congress to do so. The world's largest...

Australian minister visits New Zealand during Pacific trip

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's new foreign minister on Thursday made New Zealand the first stop on her third Pacific trip in a month as Canberra steps up efforts to counter China’s growing inf...

Ex-All Black Tamanivalu in Fiji team for Pacific Nations Cup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks winger Seta Tamanivalu has been included in Fiji's squad for the Pacific Nations Cup, becoming the first Fijian player to repatriate under new World Ru...

China and Australia's dueling Pacific tours make final stops

DILI, East Timor (AP) — The foreign ministers of Australia and China were both making their final stops Friday on what has become an island-hopping diplomatic duel in the South Pacific. ...

Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee evokes legacy of Tongan monarch

LONDON (AP) — Tonga’s chief diplomat in the United Kingdom will be thinking about two monarchs this weekend as Britain and the Commonwealth celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. ...

Australia, China continue Pacific rivalry with island visits

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia and China continued their tit-for-tat diplomatic rivalry in the Pacific on Thursday as the foreign ministers from each country paid separate visits to island n...

Chinese foreign minister's Pacific tour continues in Vanuatu

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Vanuatu on Wednesday for talks as he continued his regional island-hopping tour two days after failing to ink an ambitious de...

China's foreign minister arrives in Tonga on Pacific tour

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Tonga on Tuesday as he continued his regional island-hopping tour a day after failing to ink an ambitious deal with 10 South ...

China fails to strike security deal with Pacific nations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a virtual meeting with foreign ministers from 10 Pacific nations on Monday to discuss a sweeping regional deal covering a range of issues from security to fisheri...

China's Pacific plan seen as regional strategic game-changer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When China signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the U.S. and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the...

China's FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's foreign minister on Friday arrived on the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake. The planned...

China's foreign minister starts Pacific tour in the Solomons

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a 20-strong delegation arrived in the Solomon Islands Thursday at the start of an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing concerns...

EXPLAINER: What's at stake for China on South Pacific visit?

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing's growing military and diplomatic presence in the region. ...

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by ...