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U.S. edges China out of race to fund Bougainville independence vote

16 Oct 2019

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.

U.S. edges China out of race to fund Bougainville independence vote

16 Oct 2019

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.

U.S. tariffs on China are working, says U.S. Secretary of Commerce

10 Oct 2019

SYDNEY Tariffs are forcing China to pay attention to U.S. concerns, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in Sydney on Thursday.

RPT-Drought-hit Australian towns prepare for 'unimaginable' water crisis

29 Sep 2019

* Some regional Australian towns have trucked in drinking water

Drought-hit Australian towns prepare for 'unimaginable' water crisis

28 Sep 2019

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.

Tuvalu changes PM, adds to concerns over backing for Taiwan in Pacific

20 Sep 2019

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.

Solomons leader may miss U.N. general assembly amid 'switch' decision fallout: sources

19 Sep 2019

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.

Solomons task force recommends switch from Taiwan to Beijing

13 Sep 2019

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.

PNG demands Wafi-Golpu gold stays in-country, urges Newcrest, Harmony talks

13 Sep 2019

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 .

PNG demands Wafi-Golpu gold stays in-country, urges Newcrest, Harmony talks

13 Sep 2019

* Papua New Guinea to offer duties, taxes concessions in exchange

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