SYDNEY/BEIJING A World Bank-led project declined to award a contract to lay sensitive undersea communications cables after Pacific island governments heeded U.S. warnings that participation of a Chinese company posed a security threat, two sources told Reuters.
SYDNEY Websites of dozens of financial institutions and airlines in Australia and the United States were briefly down on Thursday, in the second major blackout in just over a week caused by a glitch in an important piece of internet infrastructure. | Video
SYDNEY Samoa's disputed leader is promising to build a port with Chinese help for $100 million, about a third of the cost proposed earlier, said sources with knowledge of the situation, as he bids to stay in power despite losing a parliamentary majority in a tight election.
* Cost of Samoa port originally put at $300 mln, deemed
SYDNEY The United Nations has urged political leaders in Samoa to resolve a political crisis through dialogue after contested election results left the South Pacific nation with two leaders claiming to run the country.
SYDNEY/CANBERRA (Reuters) -Samoa's political crisis intensified on Monday as the leader of the opposition party held a ceremony to form government outside a locked parliament after the incumbent prime minister refused to cede power. | Video
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Samoa's expected new prime minister has pledged to cancel a $100 million Chinese-backed port development, calling it excessive for the small Pacific island that is already heavily indebted to China.
* Vaiusu wharf project in final stages of negotiation with
SYDNEY The Pacific island nation of Kiribati said on Thursday that China-backed plans to upgrade an airstrip on a remote island about 3,000km southwest of Hawaii were a non-military project designed to improve transport links and bolster tourism.
SYDNEY, May 11 Australia promised big spending
in a deficit-laden budget on Tuesday as the conservative
leadership sought to sustain a recovery from a
coronavirus-induced recession and win backing from women and
older voters with an eye on the next election.