Ahead of Bougainville’s landmark independence vote, women dance at a November 6 reconciliation ceremony that brought together former enemies in a decade-long civil war. Photo: AFP

Why the US, China and Australia are watching as Bougainville votes

  • Once torn apart by civil war, the autonomous region in Papua New Guinea kicks off a two-week independence referendum this weekend
  • The vote takes place amid other bids for self-government in the region and geopolitical rivalry between the US and China
Topic |   Pacific nations

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Ahead of Bougainville’s landmark independence vote, women dance at a November 6 reconciliation ceremony that brought together former enemies in a decade-long civil war. Photo: AFP
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Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin has nearly a decade of experience spanning journalism and public policy in Washington, Taipei and Beijing. For the Post, she covers geopolitics, diplomacy and policy trends in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.