Jonathan Barrett

Exclusive-Pacific undersea cable project sinks after U.S. warns against Chinese participation

Jun 17 2021

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.

Major Australian banks, U.S. airlines briefly hit by widespread internet outages

Jun 17 2021

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

Samoa's disputed leader promises Chinese-backed port at a third of the cost

Jun 09 2021

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.

Samoa's disputed leader promises Chinese-backed port at a third of the cost

Jun 09 2021

* Cost of Samoa port originally put at $300 mln, deemed unfeasible

Samoa resumes leadership battle as United Nations offers to help

May 25 2021

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.

Samoa's political crisis deepens as rivals both claim leadership

May 24 2021

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

Samoa to scrap China-backed port project under new leader

May 20 2021

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.

Samoa to shelve China-backed port project under new leader

May 19 2021

* Vaiusu wharf project in final stages of negotiation with China

Kiribati says China-backed Pacific airstrip project for civilian use

May 13 2021

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.

RPT-UPDATE 1-Australia uses big-spending budget to aid recovery, woo voters

May 11 2021

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.

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Iran vote points to hardline goal of long-term power - analysts

DUBAI (Reuters) -A hardline victory in Iran's presidential election has tilted the domestic balance of power towards the country's anti-Western clergy and away from officials chosen by popular vote, a shift Tehran may one day seek to make permanent, six analysts who follow the Islamic Republic's politics say.