SYDNEY The United States and its Pacific allies have plugged a funding gap that endangered next month's independence referendum in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) region of Bougainville, a strategic move that also sidelined China, two sources told Reuters.
SYDNEY, Oct 16 The United States and its Pacific
allies have plugged a funding gap that endangered next month's
independence referendum in Papua New Guinea (PNG)'s region of
Bougainville, in a strategic move that also sidelined China, two
sources told Reuters.
SYDNEY Tariffs are forcing China to pay attention to U.S. concerns, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in Sydney on Thursday.
* Some regional Australian towns have trucked in drinking
GUYRA, Australia The little town of Guyra in eastern Australia lies next to a freshwater lagoon just half a day's drive from Sydney, but its drinking water is due to run dry in 400 days' time.
Parliament in the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu elected a new prime minister on Thursday, making a change that analysts say could give China a chance to further undermine Taiwan in a region that has been a pillar of support.
SYDNEY Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare may miss the United Nations General Assembly in New York, two parliamentary sources said, amid rising tension in the Pacific nation over its decision to sever ties with Taiwan and align with Beijing.
SYDNEY A Solomon Islands task force recommended to the government on Friday that the South Pacific archipelago sever its long-standing ties with Taiwan and normalise diplomatic relations with Beijing.
SYDNEY Papua New Guinea wants to keep 40% of gold produced from the proposed Wafi-Golpu project, the country's commerce minister said, creating a potential hurdle to an agreement with co-owners Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold .
* Papua New Guinea to offer duties, taxes concessions in