US ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse. Photo: AP

China using ‘payday loan diplomacy’ in the Pacific, claims new US ambassador to Australia

  • US Vice-President Mike Pence’s charge last year that China is ensnaring tiny island nations in foreign aid ‘debt traps’ did not go far enough, says diplomat
Topic |   Australia

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US ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse. Photo: AP
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The US said Italy’s international image would suffer if it signed up to the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: Bloomberg

China tells US to mind its own business after Italy is warned not to join Belt and Road Initiative

  • Foreign ministry in Beijing says US stance is ‘laughable’ after White House warned Italy’s image would suffer abroad if it signed up for the programme
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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The US said Italy’s international image would suffer if it signed up to the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: Bloomberg
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