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Australia wants deeper energy ties to help Taiwan decarbonise, amid China tensions

Trade minister Dan Tehan sees ‘real opportunities’ to help Taiwan, as he hopes relationship with China has not become permanently adversarialThe Australian government says it wants to help Taiwan decarbonise its economy, flagging this as the next area of cooperation with the democratically ruled island, amid ongoing tensions with China.The trade minister, Dan Tehan, said he saw “real opportunities” to deepen energy ties with Taiwan, while arguing there was bipartisan recognition in Australia of ...
Tags: Australia, China, World news, Australia news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Tony Abbott, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Trade and development, Dan Tehan


‘You can sense Selim the Grim’s anger’: portraits of Ottoman sultans go on show

Set of six copies of portraits first produced in 1579 in Venice are going up for auction in London next weekThey were powerful rulers of perhaps the mightiest empire the world has ever seen, and their portraits oiled the wheels of diplomacy. Six sultans of the Ottoman empire, which spanned more than six centuries and dominated a great swathe of the world, gaze out beneath magnificent, bulbous turbans, a symbol of their wealth and status.An original set of 14 portraits was produced in Venice in 1...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, World news, Culture, Munich, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Venice, Christie


Facing pressure at home, New Zealand’s climate change minister steels himself for Cop26

In the run-up to the Glasgow conference, James Shaw admits he is unhappy with New Zealand’s track record on emissions but insists there is room for hopeNew Zealand’s climate change minister James Shaw has revealed his official and unofficial coping mechanisms for reckoning with the country’s dismal climate record. The first is a measured speech on finding solace in making himself useful and working towards change. The second? “Whiskey,” he says.On the eve of the UN’s Cop26 conference in Glasgow,...
Tags: Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, New Zealand, Un, Glasgow, Shaw, James Shaw, Climate Crisis, New Zealand politics, Cop26, hopeNew Zealand


China warns against ‘wrong signals’ as Biden suggests US would defend Taiwan

Administration insists there is no change of policy after president says US has ‘a commitment’ to defend islandChina has urged the US to “avoid sending any wrong signals” after President Joe Biden for a second time in three months said the US would come to Taiwan’s defence if it was attacked.In both instances, the White House has clarified that there has been no change in US policy, which officially maintains so-called “strategic ambiguity” regarding Taiwan. Still, Biden’s words will rattle Beij...
Tags: White House, China, US, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Biden, Beijing Continue, Biden Administration


Fearful but defiant: life goes on in Taiwan despite China’s threats

On the streets of Taipei, Beijing’s rhetoric is a hot topic but people are focused on a peaceful futureIn a small urban park on Yong Kang Jie, Taipei’s famous eat street, an elderly woman leans across the frame of her friend’s parked bicycle and shouts. “Taiwan is an independent country!”It’s a quiet autumn morning. Children play on a nearby slide, and a young mother enjoys a takeaway bento box. Continue reading...
Tags: China, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Taipei Beijing, Yong Kang Jie Taipei


Joe Biden suggests US would defend Taiwan against China, forcing fresh White House clarification

Administration says there is no change of policy after president repeats remarks from August that US has ‘a commitment’ to defend islandPresident Joe Biden has said the US would come to Taiwan’s defence and had a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own, forcing the White House to clarify for the second time in three months that US policy on the subject has not changed.“Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” Biden said at a CNN town hall on Thursday night when asked if the US woul...
Tags: White House, China, US, Joe Biden, US news, Taiwan, Cnn, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Biden


Biden suggests US would defend Taiwan against China, forcing fresh White House clarification

Administration says there is no change of policy after president repeats remarks from August that US has ‘a commitment’ to defend islandPresident Joe Biden has said the US would come to Taiwan’s defence and had a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own, forcing the White House to clarify for the second time in three months that US policy on the subject has not changed.“Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” Biden said at a CNN town hall on Thursday night when asked if the US woul...
Tags: White House, China, US, Joe Biden, US news, Taiwan, Cnn, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Biden


Victoria to scrap quarantine for fully-vaccinated international arrivals

Travel restrictions with Singapore will also ease and Qantas announces Bali service could restart before Christmas and a new route to New DelhiFollow our live blog for the latest updatesVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingVictoria will scrap quarantine for fully-vaccinated international arrivals from 1 November as Australia moves to reopen.The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, confirmed the move on Friday after Scott Morrison flagg...
Tags: Business, Bali, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Air transport, Airline Industry, New South Wales, Sydney, Qantas, Victoria, Scott Morrison


Auckland’s lockdown has finally given me what I always wanted – a licence to pry | Leni Ma'ia'i

I’m one of the city’s many undercover agents, ready to pounce on any and all lockdown infringementsNine weeks into Tāmaki Makaurau’s lockdown, having pushed the limits on baking, introspection and backgammon, I’ve taken to running.No, not for any of the health benefits – running at my size can’t be healthy; it’s a chance to go snooping. I’ve always enjoyed sticking my nose in other people’s business, but society has repressed these urges. Lockdown, finally, has given me the licence to pry. Conti...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Auckland, Lockdown, Tamaki Makaurau, Coronavirus, Leni Ma


Smuggling Australian rock lobsters into China a national security threat, Hong Kong customs chief says

Louise Ho says activity undermines China’s trade restrictions against Australia and she will ‘pursue it diligently’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingRampant smuggling of Australian rock lobsters into mainland China is a national security threat, Hong Kong’s new customs chief said Thursday as she vowed to crack down on the trade.Lobsters are one of a number of products from Australia that China has restricted imports of as relations between the countries plunged. Continue readi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Marine Life, Australian foreign policy, Louise Ho


Australia to allow travel from Singapore as Qantas brings forward international flights

Airline says Bali service could restart before Christmas and announces a new route to New DelhiFollow our live blog for the latest updatesVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingScott Morrison has flagged that Australia will imminently ease travel restrictions with Singapore as Qantas announced it would bring forward the resumption of international flights.On Friday Qantas announced that 11,000 Australia-based staff will be back at wor...
Tags: Business, Bali, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Air transport, Airline Industry, New South Wales, Sydney, Qantas, Scott Morrison, New Delhi


South Korea launches its first homemade space rocket

President hails ‘excellent’ test, as rocket gets high enough, but fails to put dummy payload into orbitSouth Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket reached its desired altitude but failed to deliver a dummy payload into orbit in its first test launch.The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, still described the test as an “excellent accomplishment” that takes the country a step further in its pursuit of a space launch programme. Continue reading...
Tags: South Korea, Space, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Korea, Moon Jae


Fifth of Indonesia’s palm oil sites lie in protected forests, says Greenpeace

Report says enforcement failures have led to Unesco sites and land mapped as orangutan habitat being turned into plantationsAlmost one-fifth of the land used for Indonesian oil palm plantations is located in the country’s forest estate, despite a law banning such activity, according to a study by Greenpeace.The report, produced by Greenpeace and TheTreeMap, describes a catastrophic failure of law enforcement that has allowed swathes of land, including Unesco sites, national parks and areas once ...
Tags: Indonesia, Animals, Environment, World news, Unesco, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Palm Oil, Greenpeace, Sumatran


Dame Cindy Kiro becomes New Zealand’s first female Māori governor-general

Dame Cindy, the first in her family to graduate from university, rose to become a pro-vice chancellor at the University of AucklandThe first Māori woman to be named governor-general of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro, has been sworn in at an intimate ceremony in parliament, where she said she hopes to use the role to reach out to marginalised communities.Dame Cindy, who is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu and British descent, became the country’s 22nd governor-general – Queen Elizabeth’s represen...
Tags: UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Elizabeth, Maori, Cindy Kiro, Dame Cindy Kiro, Dame Cindy, University of AucklandThe, Ngāpuhi Ngāti Hine Ngāti Kahu


New Zealand Covid daily cases pass 100 for first time since pandemic began

Director general of health says country is following similar trajectory to UK, with vast majority of hospital cases being unvaccinatedSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand’s daily Covid-19 case numbers have gone into three figures for the first time since the pandemic began, as it recorded 102 new cases in the community on Thursday.Thursday’s cases broke Tuesday’s record of 94, bringing the total in the Delta outbreak to 2,260 cases. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, World news, Asia Pacific, Delta, New Zealand, Zealand, Coronavirus


Singapore hospitals risk being ‘overwhelmed’ after record daily Covid deaths

Death of 18 people forces more social restrictions even as city-state expands quarantine-free travel to eight countriesSingapore’s healthcare system is at risk of being “overwhelmed” by surging coronavirus infections, government officials warned on Wednesday, a day after the city-state expanded quarantine-free travel as it shifts its approach to dealing with the pandemic.The health ministry reported 18 deaths on Wednesday – Singapore’s highest toll in a single day – and 3,862 more cases, just sh...
Tags: Health, Singapore, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Biden’s pick for China ambassador says ‘we cannot trust the Chinese’ on Taiwan

Nicholas Burns calls Beijing an ‘aggressor’ and that US responsibility is ‘to make Taiwan a tough nut to crack’ US president Joe Biden’s nominee to be ambassador to Beijing on Wednesday said China was aggressive and untrustworthy, insisting that boosting Taiwan’s defences against the threat of Chinese invasion should be a US priority.Speaking to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which is due to confirm his appointment, Nicholas Burns denounced recent Chinese warplane incursions into ...
Tags: China, US, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Biden, Nicholas Burns, US Senate Committee


UK strikes trade deal with New Zealand – but it may add nothing to GDP

‘Groundbreaking’ agreement criticised by UK farmers is part of 10-year plan to pivot to Indo-PacificBritain has struck a trade deal with New Zealand, a key ally, as ministers hope to stem the country’s reliance on China – but the agreement is expected to add no value to the UK’s gross domestic product.Despite the Department for International Trade heralding the deal as a “groundbreaking” achievement that was a “vital part” of Boris Johnson’s commitment to levelling up, the prime minister has bee...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, China, International Trade, UK News, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Department for International Trade


Volcano spews ash two miles into the sky in Japan – video

A volcano blasted ash two miles into the sky after erupting on Japan's southern island of Kyushu on Wednesday.Officials warned of a risk of large falling rocks and lava flows within a radius of about half a mile around the mountain's crater, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Mount Aso erupted at about 11.43am local time (0343 BST), and the ash falls have been showering nearby towns in the prefecture of Kumamoto Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Volcanoes, Kyushu, Mount Aso, Kumamoto Continue


‘He cared when no one did’: Filipino human rights lawyer Chito Gascón dies of Covid

Gascón, who frequently clashed with Rodrigo Duterte over his ‘war on drugs’, has been hailed as a ‘true hero’ of democracyJosé Luis Martín C Gascón used a walking stick to carry out his duties as the Philippines’ “courageous” human rights lawyer, a result of living with with diabetes and the wound it left on his right foot.But in the words of his brother, Miguel Gascón, who confirmed his death on Facebook earlier this month, “of all the battles you fought, we had to lose you to Covid-19”. Contin...
Tags: Facebook, Human Rights, World news, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Global development, Rodrigo Duterte, Gascon, Chito Gascon, Coronavirus, Luis Martín C Gascón, Miguel Gascón


China’s Evergrande crisis: clock ticking as crucial debt default deadline looms

A default by the property giant could have far-reaching consequences for China and the global economyThe rescue of embattled Chinese property company Evergrande appears to have stalled, leaving the developer on the brink of default and threatening to unleash contagion through the country’s giant real estate sector, home prices and the economy.The problems enveloping Evergrande, which has eyewatering total debts of $305bn, have hung over global financial markets in recent weeks and helped curb Ch...
Tags: Business, China, Investing, World news, Asia Pacific, Evergrande


North Korea says test was new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile

State media report that device launched on Tuesday had ‘lots of advanced control guidance technologies’North Korea says it has successfully tested a “new type” of submarine-launched ballistic missile, as the nuclear-armed country pursues ever more improved weapons.The device had “lots of advanced control guidance technologies”, the official Korean Central News Agency said on Wednesday, adding that it was launched from the same vessel that the North used in its first submarine-launched ballistic ...
Tags: North Korea, World news, Asia Pacific, Korea, Nuclear Weapons, North, Pyongyang, Korean Central News Agency


In Kawerau one thing impedes the effort to vaccinate Māori: New Zealand’s history

Low Covid vaccination rates among Māori reflect practical barriers – but they also have good reason to distrust the governmentOne of my earliest memories is racing up a flight of hollow stairs in Kawerau’s town hall as Tiwi, my first friend, counts down from 20. “Ready or not, here I come” he roars from the stage. I slide through the doorway to the makeup room, carving a two-lane highway into the dusty floors. The lighted mirrors paint the room in yellow and gold. I wriggle my tiny body into one...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Maori, Kawerau, Tiwi, Coronavirus


Americans are offering to pay a lender who took an Afghan woman's 3-year-old daughter in exchange for a $550 debt she couldn't pay

Afghan refugees are processed at Fort Bliss' Doña Ana Village where they are being housed in New Mexico, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. David Goldman/AP Photo Some Americans are eager to help an Afghan woman who sold her 3-year-old kid to pay off a $550 debt. Nearly two dozen people emailed Insider offering to pay the $550 so Saleha could get her child back. One woman started a GoFundMe for Saleha, but the crowdfunding platform took it down. Americans are outraged that a 3-year-old Afghan gir...
Tags: New York, News, Children, Women, US, International, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Poverty, Afghanistan, Asia Pacific, Taliban, Hawaii, United Nations, Ohio


At least 13 phone firms hit by suspected Chinese hackers since 2019, say experts

LightBasin hackers were able to obtain subscriber information and call metadata, says CrowdStrikeAt least 13 phone companies around the world have been compromised since 2019 by sophisticated hackers who are believed to come from China, a cybersecurity expert group has said.The roaming hackers – known as LightBasin – were able to “search and find” individual mobile phones and “target accordingly”, according to CrowdStrike, a group regularly cited by western intelligence. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Technology, Internet, China, World news, Hacking, Asia Pacific, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Data and computer security, Espionage, Cyberwar


Chinese effort to gather ‘micro clues’ on Uyghurs laid bare in report

Authorities using predictive policing and human surveillance on Muslims in Xinjiang, thinktank saysAuthorities in the Chinese region of Xinjiang are using predictive policing and human surveillance to gather “micro clues” about Uyghurs and empower neighbourhood informants to ensure compliance at every level of society, according to a report.The research by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) thinktank detailed Xinjiang authorities’ expansive use of grassroots committees, integrated ...
Tags: Human Rights, Privacy, China, World news, Surveillance, Asia Pacific, Xinjiang, Uyghurs, Australian Strategic Policy Institute ASPI


Drop Chinese investments, MPs and peers tell parliament’s pension fund

Letter from 137 lawmakers urges fund to drop stakes in firms accused of human rights violations or linked to Chinese stateA cross-party group of more than 137 parliamentarians, including 117 MPs, have called on parliament’s pension fund to disinvest from Chinese companies accused of complicity in gross human rights violations or institutions linked to the Chinese state.The signatories include Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary, and former Conservative cabinet ministers Liam Fox, Iain Dunca...
Tags: Business, Politics, Human Rights, Money, Law, China, Religion, UK News, World news, House Of Lords, Asia Pacific, House Of Commons, Islam, Alibaba, Tencent, Pensions


New Zealand reports record Covid cases as experts sound warning over health system

Health officials have been unable to link more than half of the cases, possibly indicating further undetected spread in the communitySee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has hit its highest daily case number since the pandemic began. 94 new Covid-19 infections announced on Tuesday, as experts warned that cases would probably keep rising, and sustained high numbers could quickly push the health system to capacity.Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the rise in Covid cases was “incredibly ha...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus, COVID, coverageNew Zealand


Sweeping housing legislation could reshape New Zealand cities for decades to come

Housing campaigners welcome changes, saying they will boost businesses, lower emissions and enable better transport linksNew Zealand’s cities could be reshaped for decades to come, after the government joined forces with the opposition to announce sweeping bipartisan housing legislation that aims to counter urban sprawl and boost supply by up to 105,000 new homes in the next eight years.In a rare display of cross-party collaboration, the housing minister Megan Woods and environment minister Davi...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, National party, Judith Collins, David Parker, Megan Woods, linksNew Zealand, Nicola Willis


Environmentalists argue Peter Thiel’s luxury NZ lodge will ‘destroy’ lake landscape

Billionaire PayPal co-founder is planning a luxury home on 190-hectare property on shores of Lake WanakaBillionaire Peter Thiel is facing opposition from New Zealand environmental groups over his plans to build a luxury lodge in Wānaka, an alpine town on the South Island.A company owned by Thiel had lodged a consent application for a sprawling lodge on his property, which would include a “pod” for the owner himself, water features and meditation space. The consent describes “a series of stand-al...
Tags: World news, Paypal, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Nz, South Island, Wanaka, Thiel, Lake WanakaBillionaire Peter Thiel



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