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The Solomon Islands.

Google in $102m Aussie-US deal to run internet cables to Pacific islands

The agreement will expand an existing commercial project by the tech giant to run internet to eight nations in the region.

  • Trevor Hunnicutt

This Month

Sitiveni Rabuka and Anthony Albanese.

Pacific ‘realistic’ on call for Australia to stop fossil fuels

Australia and Fiji have upgraded ties following prime ministerial talks in Canberra.

  • Andrew Tillett
Prime Minister of Fiji Sitiveni Rabuka.

‘Don’t make us choose’: Fiji PM’s fears over US-China tensions

Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says the rivalry between the United States and China is “intensifying”.

  • Andrew Tillett
Qin Gang, who became China’s foreign minister for just seven months before mysteriously disappearing, and being removed from office, this year.

Why diplomacy with China is so frustrating

Beijing’s representatives are always scared they could be the next to vanish, just like foreign minister Qin Gang did this year.

  • Cindy Yu
Westpac will retail its bank in PNG amid pressure from the federal government.

Westpac to maintain Pacific presence, cancels sale of PNG, Fiji banks

The federal government is keen for Westpac to maintain its foothold in the South Pacific, as China’s influence in the region expands.

  • James Eyers and Andrew Tillett


UK MInister for the Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

‘We have the money, markets’: UK bid for Australia’s critical minerals

A visiting UK minister is making the case for British investment in resources while also warning about Chinese coercion.

  • Andrew Tillett

Biden says Vietnam engagement aimed at global stability, not China

Vietnam’s Communist Party leadership formally raised the country’s ties to the United States to the highest level in Hanoi’s diplomatic hierarchy.

  • Peter Baker and Katie Rogers


Reinforcing connections: Anthony Albanese and Sitiveni Rabuka in Nadi in March.

How Fiji got a nasty lesson in Chinese authoritarianism

The Pacific nation watched in shock as Chinese security agents marched what it said were 77 criminal suspects onto a plane and flew them away for detention in China.

  • Michael E. Miller and Matthew Abbott
Jim Chalmers.

Chalmers opens door to quitting China-led bank

Jim Chalmers says he takes seriously Canadian concerns over alleged Chinese Communist Party dominance within Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • Andrew Tillett
Papua New Guinea celebrate a try in their victory over Ireland in Port Moresby at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The local fans may soon have much more to celebrate.

Labor’s $7m could pave way for Pacific NRL team

Taxpayer support for a Pacific Championship is adding momentum for a Pacific Islands NRL team as a way to help check Chinese influence.

  • Andrew Tillett
Foreign Minister Penny Wong is overhauling Australia’s approach to funding infrastructure in developing countries.

Australia targets China with $4.8b ‘dollars and jobs’ aid shakeup

Australia will insist infrastructure in poorer countries maximises local benefits, in contrast to Beijing using projects to create jobs for Chinese workers.

  • Andrew Tillett


President Ferdinand Marcos jnr and  Ursula von der Leyen during her visit at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on Monday.

EU leader pays rare visit to Philippines after stormy period

Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Manila on Sunday night for the first such top-level visit in almost six decades of relations with the Asian nation.

  • Jim Gomez
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese provided an update on Sunday in Canberra.

US, Australia tighten military alliance ties

American intelligence analysts will be embedded within Defence’s spy agency in Canberra, and northern bases expanded to accommodate US aircraft.

  • Andrew Tillett
High mobility artillery rocket system - HIMARS - M142.

Australia will make US missiles to boost war supplies

Australia will help make missiles locally for the United States after the Ukraine war exposed the danger of Western stockpiles being quickly exhausted. 

  • Andrew Tillett
Xiao Qian

China pushes for joint military drills as Washington top guns land

Chinese ambassador Xiao Qian says Beijing is committed to peaceful development on the eve of high-level defence talks between Australia and the US.

  • Andrew Tillett
Anthony Albanese and Chris Hipkins

Albanese, Hipkins sound the alarm over Solomons police pact with China

Australia and New Zealand will update defence ties amid a ‘deteriorating strategic environment’ following leaders’ talks.

  • Andrew Tillett
The Fiji stopover on the way home was more than just a goodwill visit.

Fiji PM cancels China trip after ‘colliding with door’

The excuse for pulling out of the trip has raised eyebrows, not least because Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has sought to distance his country from Beijing.

  • Natasha Frost
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Tonga’s Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi.

Blinken warns of China’s ‘problematic behaviour’ in Pacific

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the tiny kingdom of Tonga, as the US steps up diplomatic efforts in the Pacific to counter China’s influence.

  • Lucy Craymer
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was established by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016 as an alternative to the World Bank.

Whistleblower urges Australia cut ties with ‘Chinese Communist’ bank

Bob Pickard quit the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, complaining its upper ranks were dominated by Chinese Communist Party members.

  • Andrew Tillett
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Beijing last week.

‘Un-neighbourly’: Sogavare lashes Australia over Chinese security deal

Solomons Island PM Manasseh Sogavare has accused Australia and the US of foreign interference after they called for transparency over a new Chinese police agreement.

  • Andrew Tillett