Penny Wong talks trade ‘blockages’ with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on sidelines of UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has again urged Beijing to remove punitive trade measures against Australia during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in New York. Key points: Penny Wong says she focused on pressing China to unwind trade sanctions and described talks as “constructive” She also addressed Australians arbitrarily detained in China, and … Read more

South Korea Grants US More Land For THAAD System, Won’t Let Beijing Push Them Around

In an announcement that is expected to further strain its relations with China, South Korea has pushed back pressure from Beijing and announced the offer of additional land for the deployment of the US anti-ballistic system. South Korea has granted an additional 400,000 square meters of land to the US to deploy the US-made anti-ballistic, … Read more

Beijing Ready To Deploy Massive Unmanned Subs In South China Sea

In an effort to boost its undersea naval operations, China may be preparing to deploy its massive new unmanned submarines, providing the first indication of a much larger program that may be underway. A report in Naval News by defense analyst HI Sutton showed a satellite image of two Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUV) … Read more

China Warns Japan Against Getting Close To US To Contain Beijing Amid Taiwan Tensions

Amid tensions with Taiwan, China said that it does not pose a threat to Japan but warned Tokyo against getting close to Washington an effort to contain Beijing. This comes at a time when China and Japan mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of their diplomatic relations and a decade since Tokyo nationalized the … Read more

Taiwan gains global support amid Chinese aggression

Taipei [Taiwan]September 10 (ANI): Taiwan has been gaining global support after China has increased its military activities around the Island nation since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei last month. With the close partnership between Russia and China, the world fears the serious repercussions Taiwan will have to face if China goes ahead with … Read more

China’s marriage drops to alarming levels

Beijing [China]September 3 (ANI): Marriages in China have dropped to record levels and are deepening the population crisis facing the second-largest economy in the world. Marriage registrations were recorded at 6.1 percent to 7.6 million in China last year amid warnings that the economic consequences of an aging population are beginning to emerge. China registered … Read more

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Justin Tkatchenko reveals plans for security agreement with Australia and potentially New Zealand

Papua New Guinea’s new Foreign Minister Justin Tkatchenko has revealed his country is moving to negotiate a security treaty with Australia — and potentially New Zealand — in a move that could have far-reaching strategic implications for the region. Key points: Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister said the treaty “would cover all security aspects in … Read more

Navy ships temporarily not welcome in Solomon Islands ports, says Honiara

The Solomon Islands government has put a moratorium on navy vessels entering its ports, saying it needs to review approval requirements and procedures. Key points: The Solomon Islands government earlier denied the reports of a moratorium The US embassy in Canberra said a US hospital ship docked in Solomon Islands had arrived before the moratorium … Read more

Solomon Islands denies Australian High Commissioner summoned over Four Corners reporting

The Solomon Islands government has denied Australia’s High Commissioner was “summoned” over a report by the ABC’s Four Corners program about the extent of Chinese influence and control in the Pacific nation, instead calling the meeting a “neighbourly discussion”. Key points: Four Corners revealed a Chinese state-owned company was in talks to buy a Solomon … Read more

Australian High Commissioner summoned by Solomon Islands government over ABC’s Four Corners report

The Solomon Islands government has hauled in Australia’s High Commissioner to complain after the ABC’s Four Corners program aired an episode how exploring China has been rapidly building commercial and security ties with the Pacific Island nation. Key points: Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and senior officials were reportedly “furious” about the program High … Read more