A bi-partisan foreign policy taskforce in the Solomon Islands is to review the country’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan and consider the pros and cons of switching relations to China. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said he is aware of the many concerns raised by Solomon Islanders about the issue in recent weeks.Read more
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will soon offer millions of dollars in funding for infrastructure projects in the Pacific, two sources familiar with the plan told Reuters, as part of its efforts to undercut Chinese influence.Read more
Solomon Islands government should exercise caution as it considers whether to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan or switch to China, an academic says. Last week, amid diplomatic visits from both Australia and New Zealand, the Solomon Islands foreign minister, Jeremiah Manele, said the government would take its time to make an informed decision.Read more
(Reuters) – The ExxonMobil operated Papua New Guinea LNG project has agreed on a deal to supply liquified natural gas (LNG) to a unit of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, Australia’s Santos, a partner in the project, said on Tuesday.Read more
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on New Zealand on Monday to ensure a fair investment environment, as he meets Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whose country has rejected a bid by Chinese telecom giant Huawei to build a 5G mobile network.Read more
BEIJING/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she hoped to have a dialogue with Beijing about New Zealand’s intelligence agency’s decision to reject a bid by Chinese telecom giant Huawei to build a 5G mobile network.
Ardern is on a one-day visit to China and is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Premier Li Keqiang later on Monday.
By Adelaide Sirox Kari – EMTV News, Port Moresby A week after the announcement of the Inaugural flight to mainlandRead more
BEIJING (Reuters) – China, the world’s most populous nation, appears to be setting the stage to end its decades-long policy of determining the number of children that couples can have, a social media post by a state-run newspaper suggested.Read more