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Australian minister visits New Zealand during Pacific trip

Jun. 16, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

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 influence in the region. Foreign Minister Penny Wong is promoting her...

US official says diplomatic push in Asia paying dividends

Jun. 10, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The American diplomatic push aimed at countering China's increasing influence in the Asia-Pacific region appears to be paying dividends, with many nations showing a willingness to partner with the United States, a top State Department official said Friday. U.S....

Australia, New Zealand unite on China's Pacific threat

Jun. 10, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday after a meeting with his New Zealand counterpart that the two nations are in lockstep in their policies toward the Pacific islands, where China's influence is growing. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

US official meets Marcos in Philippines in diplomatic push

Jun. 09, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A top State Department official met Thursday with Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Manila, part of an ongoing diplomatic outreach in the Asia-Pacific region by Washington to try and blunt growing Chinese influence. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy...

New Zealand PM to visit Australian counterpart in Sydney

Jun. 07, 2022 05:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has held face-to-face meetings with the leaders of the United States, India, Japan and Indonesia during his hectic two weeks in office, but he will receive a world leader for the first time when New Zealand Prime...

China and Australia's dueling Pacific tours make final stops

Jun. 03, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

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. Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong arrived in Tonga where she met with Prime Minister...

Australia, China continue Pacific rivalry with island visits

Jun. 02, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

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 nations. In Samoa, Australia's Foreign Minister Penny Wong announced that her...

Chinese foreign minister's Pacific tour continues in Vanuatu

Jun. 01, 2022 00:49 AM EDT

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 deal with 10 South Pacific nations. While Wang didn’t manage to get consensus on...

China's foreign minister arrives in Tonga on Pacific tour

May. 31, 2022 05:30 AM EDT

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 Pacific nations. While Wang didn't manage to get consensus on the multilateral...

China falls short on big Pacific deal but finds smaller wins

May. 30, 2022 06:34 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — China fell short Monday on a bold plan to have 10 Pacific nations endorse a sweeping new agreement covering everything from security to fisheries as some in the region expressed deep concerns. But there have been plenty of smaller wins for China's Foreign Minister...