Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape during his visit to Australia. Photo: EPA

PNG ignores Australia, asks China to refinance US$7.8 billion national debt

  • Australia has traditionally been the largest aid donor and most important ally of PNG
  • The request for China to refinance its debts of US$7.8 billion therefore marks a major shifts in dynamics, experts said
Topic |   Pacific nations

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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape during his visit to Australia. Photo: EPA
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: EPA

Mike Pompeo’s visit to Micronesia highlights US anxiety about rising Chinese influence in Pacific

  • The US Secretary of State on Monday met leaders of Pacific island nations where the US maintains exclusive defence access
  • Negotiations have begun to renew the US’ national security agreement with the three Pacific island nations
Topic |   Diplomacy

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: EPA
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