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Top Australian Official to Visit Ghana Amid Bitter Sino-Aussie Mining Controversy

Australia's Assistant Foreign Minister Tim Watts will travel to Ghana later this month to personally intervene in a rapidly escalating three-way controversy involving the Ghanaian government and a pair of mining companies from Australia and China. Last week, the ...

Metals Dispute Reveals Gulf Between U.S. Companies and Leaders on China

Amid the tensions and sniping surrounding the U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan, it’s revealing how the country’s corporations and officials seem to be pulling in different directions on China.  U.S. officials frame China as Voldemort’s less charming cousin. ...

Solomon Islands PM Assures Australia It Remains “Security Partner of Choice”

Manasseh Sogavare, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, moved to calm Australian fears about his country's new security pact with China.  In an interview with The Guardian, Sogavare said there will never be a ...

China’s Frenetic Diplomatic Push at the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bali

Coverage of the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bali was dominated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's high-profile exit from the meeting and the first encounter since October between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. But ...

Solomon Islands Assure Australia on Chinese Base, Leaves Some Wiggle Room

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of the Solomon Islands assured Australia’s visiting Foreign Minister Penny Wong that China won’t be allowed to build a permanent military base there.  Wong told journalists: “I welcomed Prime Minister Sogavare’s ...

China’s New Ambitions in the South Pacific

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's recent South Pacific tour put the region in play as the latest venue for Great Power political rivalries. But even though the ten Pacific Island Countries (PIC) are among the smallest in the world, they came ...

U.S. Special Envoy Visits Marshall Islands Amid Concern About China

Joseph Yun, the Biden administration’s special envoy to the Pacific Island States, is in the region for a visit to the Marshall Islands. The visit, from 14 to 16 June, will focus on renewing the U.S.’s Compact of Free Association (COFA) economic agreements with the Marshall Islands, ...

China, Cambodia Break Ground on Controversial Navy Base Renovation Project

Cambodian and Chinese officials dismissed international concerns about a new Chinese-financed upgrade of a navy base in the southern Preah Sihanouk province during a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. Defense Minister Tea Banh and China's ambassador Wang Wentian both refuted reports published earlier this week by T

China’s Emerging Global Security Agenda Extends From Djibouti to the Solomon Islands

By Lukas Fiala In April, China confirmed the signing of a bilateral security agreement with the Solomon Islands, a supposed draft of which had been leaked a few weeks earlier. Last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on an ...

Wang Yi’s South Pacific Tour Didn’t Go as Well as Planned… But That’s OK, He’ll Be Back

Wang Yi's controversial tour of the South Pacific will finally come to an unceremonious end on Saturday. PR-wise this wasn't Beijing's finest moment. My guess is the post-mortem next week at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing is going to be very ...
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