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Solomon Islands to delay election, raising fears of unrest

Sep. 08, 2022 04:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Lawmakers in the Solomon Islands voted Thursday to delay their nation's general election from next year until 2024, a move that opponents say amounts to a power grab and that some fear could lead to further civil unrest. Prime Minister Manasseh...

Australia says its navy can resume visits to Solomon Islands

Sep. 06, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia said Tuesday its navy ships have been given clearance to resume visits to the Solomon Islands, which had last week announced a temporary block on all military vessels during a review of its approval processes. Australian Foreign Minister...

East Timorese leader flies to Australia for critical talks

Sep. 06, 2022 06:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta arrived in Australia on Tuesday for a state visit as negotiations over lucrative gas resources reach a critical stage for his impoverished nation. The East Timorese are gaining confidence that they can break a...

Australian FM warns East Timorese against Chinese debt

Aug. 31, 2022 23:49 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister used a visit to East Timor on Thursday to warn the nation against going into “unsustainable debt” to the Chinese on a major gas project. Foreign Minister Penny Wong said she discussed with East Timorese President Jose...

'China threat' emerges in elections from UK to Australia

Aug. 14, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It's not just the economy. While inflation and recession fears weigh heavily on the minds of voters, another issue is popping up in political campaigns from the U.K. and Australia to the U.S. and beyond: the “China threat." The two finalists vying to become...

China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan

Aug. 08, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it is extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The announcement further increases...

Australia calls for cooling of Taiwan Strait tensions

Aug. 08, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Monday called for a cooling of tensions after Beijing accused her of “finger-pointing” in her criticism of China’s military exercises in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Wong...

Myanmar violence, Ukraine war loom over ASEAN meetings

Aug. 02, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers are gathering in the Cambodian capital for meetings addressing persisting violence in Myanmar and other issues, joined by top diplomats from the United States, China, Russia and other world powers amid tensions over the invasion of...

Chinese company eyes Solomon Islands deep-water port

Aug. 01, 2022 04:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese state-owned company is negotiating to buy a forestry planation with a deep-water port and World War II airstrip in Solomon Islands amid persistent concerns that China wants to establish a naval foothold in the South Pacific country. A delegation...

Myanmar executions of 4 activists spur global outrage

Jul. 26, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — International outrage over Myanmar's execution of four political prisoners intensified Tuesday with grassroots protests and strong condemnation from world governments, as well as fears the hangings could derail nascent attempts to bring an end to the violence and unrest that has...