South Pacific

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Acrimonious Pacific summit underscores China-US tensions

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Pacific Rim leaders at a key Asian summit failed to reach agreement on a joint declaration on world trade for the first time in nearly three decades, highlighting the growing tensions between China and the U.S. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit’s acrimony also underscored the rivalry between China and … Continue reading PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Acrimonious Pacific summit underscores China-US tensions

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | China woos Pacific islands with loans, showcase projects

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea— As world leaders land in Papua New Guinea for a Pacific Rim summit, the welcome mat is especially big for China’s president. A huge sign in the capital, Port Moresby, welcomes Xi Jinping, picturing him gazing beneficently at Papua New Guinea’s leader, and his hotel is decked out with red … Continue reading PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | China woos Pacific islands with loans, showcase projects

CANBERRA., Australia | Australia details investment in Pacific as China clout grows

CANBERRA., Australia— Australia’s prime minister on Thursday outlined plans to increase investments in infrastructure in the South Pacific as China’s influence in those nations grows. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also detailed plans for greater military and diplomatic engagement with Australia’s island neighbors who are increasing looking to China for aid through Beijing’s “Belt and Road” … Continue reading CANBERRA., Australia | Australia details investment in Pacific as China clout grows

NOUMEA, New Caledonia | Pacific archipelago votes on independence from France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia  — Voters in New Caledonia are deciding whether the French territory in the South Pacific should break free from the European country that claimed it in the mid-19th century. The polls opened Sunday morning in a referendum that’s a milestone in the process of the archipelago’s three-decade-long decolonization — one that will … Continue reading NOUMEA, New Caledonia | Pacific archipelago votes on independence from France

ROTORUA, New Zealand | Royals Harry and Meghan name kiwi birds ‘gift’ and ‘sneeze’

ROTORUA, New Zealand — Prince Harry and wife Meghan have examined the navel, nostrils and whiskers on New Zealand’s flightless kiwi bird and got to name two tiny chicks on the final day of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited a kiwi hatchery in the town of … Continue reading ROTORUA, New Zealand | Royals Harry and Meghan name kiwi birds ‘gift’ and ‘sneeze’

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga | Royals Harry and Meghan arrive in Tonga on Pacific tour

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga  — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived Thursday in the tiny Pacific kingdom of Tonga, where people gathered at the airport to welcome them wearing traditional outfits, playing guitars and singing. Prince Harry and wife Meghan were greeted by Princess Angelika Latufuipeka. They were later scheduled to meet with Tonga’s king and … Continue reading NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga | Royals Harry and Meghan arrive in Tonga on Pacific tour

SYDNEY | Prince Harry raises Invictus Games flag over Sydney Harbor

SYDNEY  — Prince Harry has scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific. The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, starts on Saturday. It gives sick and injured military personnel … Continue reading SYDNEY | Prince Harry raises Invictus Games flag over Sydney Harbor

BEIJING | Taiwan’s Tsai travels in face of China diplomatic onslaught

BEIJING — When Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departs Sunday for Latin America, she’ll be traveling to a region she’s already visited three times in two years. She doesn’t have many other options. As Tsai crosses the halfway mark of her first four-year term, an eight-day swing through Paraguay and Belize is a reflection of how … Continue reading BEIJING | Taiwan’s Tsai travels in face of China diplomatic onslaught