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Ex-Malaysia PM: US-led trade group intended to isolate China

May. 27, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticized a new U.S.-led economic grouping on Friday, saying it is intended to isolate China, and won't benefit regional economic growth without Beijing. U.S. President Joe Biden launched the 13-nation Indo-Pacific...

China criticizes US as tensions rise in South Pacific

May. 27, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday criticized a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken focused on relations between the world’s top two economic powers, saying the U.S. was seeking to smear Beijing's reputation. In his Thursday address, Blinken said the administration of...

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

May. 27, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

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 South Pacific, an area of traditional American naval dominance. But China upped...

Hong Kong's incoming leader John Lee to travel to Beijing

May. 27, 2022 03:23 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Incoming Hong Kong leader John Lee will travel to Beijing on Saturday to accept a letter that officially approves his appointment as the city’s next chief executive. A government statement confirmed that Lee will go to Beijing with his private secretary and press...

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

May. 27, 2022 03:17 AM EDT

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 four-hour visit by Wang Yi was his second stop on an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing...

USA Gymnastics tabs Sacramone Quinn, Memmel for top posts

May. 26, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

USA Gymnastics is turning to two of its most-decorated athletes to help guide its women's elite program. Alicia Sacramone Quinn and Chellsie Memmel, teammates on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team that earned silver in Beijing, are part of the new leadership paradigm within the organization....

Blinken: US to leverage Russia-Ukraine bloc against China

May. 26, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday the Biden administration aims to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a more serious, long-term threat to global order from China. ...

China's foreign minister starts Pacific tour in the Solomons

May. 26, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

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 about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the South Pacific region. ...

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

May. 26, 2022 02:17 AM EDT

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. The U.S. has traditionally been the area's major power, but China has been...

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

May. 25, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

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 Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by...