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Why Did France Ban TikTok in Pacific New Caledonia?

France has taken the dramatic step of blocking TikTok in its Pacific territory of New Caledonia as part of efforts to quell days of violent unrest. It is the latest clash between democratic governments and the Chinese-owned social media platform.

Philippine Civilian Convoy Sails Towards Disputed Reef

By Faith Brown Civilians on board Philippine fishing boats sailed Wednesday towards a China-controlled reef off the Southeast Asian country, handing out aid to Filipino fishermen and dropping buoys to assert their rights to the disputed waterway.

Blinken Says U.S. Delivering for Pacific Islands Despite China’s Reach

The United States, boosted by allies and the private sector, is delivering for Pacific islands even if Washington alone cannot match China's growing footprint, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said late Friday. Blinken spoke after lawmakers in the Solomon Islands, whose ...

New Zealand Says ‘Seriously Concerned’ by China’s Increased Security Actions in Pacific

New Zealand's foreign minister on Friday criticized China's bid for an increased security presence in the Pacific Islands, warning against actions that could "destabilize" or undermine regional security. "China has a long-standing presence in the Pacific, but we are seriously concerned about increased engagement ...

Solomon Islands Lawmakers to Elect PM, With Consequences for China

China-friendly former foreign minister Jeremiah Manele was elected prime minister of the Solomon Islands on Thursday, defeating an opposition leader intent on curbing Beijing's reach in the Pacific nation. Governor-General David Vunagi said Manele won 31 votes in a secret ballot ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Solomons to Choose PM on May 2, China Ties at Stake

The Solomon Islands will choose a prime minister on Thursday after a general election left the existing pro-China government's future in the balance. Lawmakers will meet in parliament to elect the Pacific nation's leader at 9:30 am May 2 (2230 GMT ...

Pro-China Solomons PM Fails To Secure Outright Majority

The incumbent prime minister of Solomon Islands was set to fall short of an outright election majority Monday, forcing the pro-Beijing Pacific leader to woo an unwieldy mix of potential coalition partners. According to provisional results reported by the public broadcaster, ...

Solomon Islands Readies for Post-Election Bartering With China in View

Political leaders in the Solomon Islands began trickling into the capital from far-flung villages on Saturday, preparing for post-election coalition negotiations that could alter China's fate in the Pacific nation. Incumbent Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare -- one of China's most steadfast ...

Pro-China Local Leader Ousted in Solomon Islands Election: Early Results

Beijing's bid to build influence across the Solomon Islands hit a major snag Friday, with the pro-China premier of the Pacific nation's most populous province set to lose his seat in country-wide elections. Malaita premier Martin Fini, who has overseen the ...

Solomons’ PM Contender Vows to Abolish China Security Pact

A leading contender to become the Solomon Islands' next prime minister has vowed to renounce a security pact with China as the Pacific nation begins counting votes Thursday in a pivotal general election. "If we are in government, we will abolish ...
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