Peter O’Neill. Photo: Reuters

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O’Neill quits after weeks of turmoil, hands leadership to Sir Julius Chan

  • PM’s opponents said they had mustered enough support in parliament to oust him over a range of grievances
  • O’Neill, who has been prime minister for seven years, has handed the leadership to former prime minister Sir Julius Chan
Topic |   Pacific nations

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Peter O’Neill. Photo: Reuters
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US acting assistant secretary for Southeast Asia W. Patrick Murphy says Beijing’s efforts to reduce Taipei’s diplomatic relations are “heavy-handed”. Photo: AP

US official urges Pacific island nations to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan

  • Beijing’s efforts to reduce Taipei’s links in region raise ‘possibility of conflict’, says US acting assistant secretary for Southeast Asia W. Patrick Murphy
  • Six Pacific island nations recognise Taiwan, accounting for a third of its diplomatic allies around the world
Topic |   US-China relations

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US acting assistant secretary for Southeast Asia W. Patrick Murphy says Beijing’s efforts to reduce Taipei’s diplomatic relations are “heavy-handed”. Photo: AP
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