Australia is in talks with Papua New Guinea to finance its domestic internet cable network, in a bid to shut out Chinese company Huawei from building the infrastructure amid warnings its involvement would pose an unacceptable cybersecurity risk.
The proposed devaluation of the PNG Kina has recently been promoted by international donor agencies, specifically the IMF, and academics at The Australian National University (ANU). Stephen Howes, of the Crawford School of Public Policy within ANU, has been a strong academic voice arguing for...
Australia is working on plans with Papua New Guinea to develop a joint naval base on Manus Island, edging out Chinese interest in the strategically vital port with a new facility that would be capable of hosting Australian and US warships.
Chinese tariffs on US imports could provide fresh momentum for a new wave of planned Australian and Papua New Guinea projects and curb the rapid growth of American LNG exports just as Asian buyers return to the market to underpin development of new supplies.
If Australia succeeds in establishing a jointly operated naval facility on the strategically pivotal island of Manus, it will be a coup in the escalating strategic competition with Beijing for influence in the Pacific. Forget Tonga, Vanuatu or any of the other Pacific states Beijing has showered...
When Papua New Guinea hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit, its biggest international event since gaining independence 43 years ago, the star of the show will be Chinese President Xi Jinping — the new giant bestriding the Pacific.
Australian Special Forces have been quietly deployed to Papua New Guinea as part of a massive Australian military and policing effort to help secure Port Moresby ahead of the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November.