China’s Pacific plan seen as a regional strategic game-changer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – When China signed a security pact With the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the US and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of ​​traditional American naval dominance. But China upped the ante further this week, reaching out … Read more

Blinken says US ready to increase diplomacy with China in “this charged moment of the world”

Washington CNN – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the Biden administration’s strategy towards China, seeking to refocus attention on what he called “the most serious long-term challenge to the international order.” In a lengthy speech delivered at George Washington University Thursday, the top US diplomat outlined the administration’s approach as “invest, align, compete,” … Read more

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press shows that China wants to train … Read more

China-Taiwan conflict: What you need to know

Hong Kong CNN – US President Joe Biden’s warning the US would defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression has made headlines around the world – and put growing tensions between the small democratic island and its neighboring autocratic superpower back under the spotlight. Less than a decade ago, ties seemed to be on the mend as … Read more