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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...

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...

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...

Biden talks gun control, extremism with New Zealand's PM

May. 31, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden praised New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday for her success in curbing domestic extremism and guns as he tries to persuade a reluctant Congress to tighten gun laws in the aftermath of horrific mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New...

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...

California, New Zealand announce climate change partnership

May. 27, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Top officials from California and New Zealand signed a pledge Friday agreeing to help fight climate change by sharing ideas and best practices, including how to put millions more electric vehicles on the road. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and New Zealand...

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...

New Zealand PM warns of disinformation during Harvard speech

May. 26, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The flood of disinformation that is spread and amplified on social media represents a threat to fragile democracies, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during the keynote speech at Harvard University's commencement on Thursday, exhorting graduates to do their...

U.S., other APEC delegates walk out on Russian speaker

May. 21, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Delegates from the United States and four other nations staged a walkout Saturday when a representative from Russia began his opening remarks at a meeting of trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group in the Thai capital, officials said. A...

New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm'

May. 19, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government said Thursday it will hand out an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million lower-income adults to help them navigate what it describes as “the peak of the global inflation storm.” The payments are part of a...