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

May. 27, 2022 20:37 PM 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...

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. ...

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's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

May. 24, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted many months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19. As early as the spring of 2020 a...

In Asia, Biden pushes values he struggles to sell at home

May. 24, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Joe Biden spent his first trip to Asia as president strengthening economic and military commitments. He pushed new rules for the global economy and promoted democracy in launching a new trade pact. And he summoned fellow Indo-Pacific leaders to do more in defense of Ukraine even if...

Biden: Leaders navigating 'dark hour' after Ukraine invasion

May. 24, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden told fellow Indo-Pacific leaders assembled for a four-country summit Tuesday that they were navigating "a dark hour in our shared history” due to Russia's brutal war on Ukraine and he urged the group to make a greater effort to stop Vladimir Putin's aggression....

Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

May. 23, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, declaring the commitment to protect the island is “even stronger” after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of Taiwan's...

EXPLAINER: US keeps world guessing on Taiwan stance

May. 23, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time in less than a year, President Joe Biden has stirred controversy with his comments about Taiwan. The latest example came during his visit to Japan, when a reporter asked if the United States would respond militarily if China invaded the island. ...

Biden launches Indo-Pacific trade deal, warns over inflation

May. 23, 2022 07:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations Monday aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it is "going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic...

EXPLAINER: What's in Biden's proposed new Asia trade pact?

May. 23, 2022 04:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden faced a dilemma on trade in Asia: He couldn't just rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership that his predecessor had pulled the U.S. out of in 2017. Many related trade deals, regardless of their content, had become politically toxic for U.S. voters, who associated...