Asia Pacific

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Protests in Solomon Islands as key China critic politician is ousted in no confidence vote
Daniel Suidani, premier of Malaita province, has been one of the most vocal critics of the Pacific country’s relationship with China

Charley Piringi in Honiara

07, Feb, 2023 @6:25 AM

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Old-school backpacks too heavy, Japan’s pupils complain
Sturdy leather bag known as randoseru can weigh 4-10kg when full, leaving students in pain and wanting something lighter

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

07, Feb, 2023 @3:57 AM

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War of words over downed Chinese spy balloon continues as US recovers debris
Beijing lodges formal complaint with US embassy as Washington throws criticism back at China

Verna Yu and Julian Borger in Washington

06, Feb, 2023 @11:44 PM

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Hong Kong: landmark national security trial of 47 democracy advocates begins
Protests as former politicians, activists, campaigners and community workers appear in court accused of ‘conspiracy to commit subversion’

Helen Davidson and Kelly Ho and Candice Chau in Hong Kong

06, Feb, 2023 @12:11 PM

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Australian and Chinese trade ministers meet for first time in three years
Don Farrell will fly to Beijing in the ‘near future’ amid a thawing of diplomatic relations with Australia’s largest trading partner

Daniel Hurst

06, Feb, 2023 @5:18 AM

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Fears of worsening egg shortage in New Zealand as fire kills 50,000 hens at farm
There are fears the blaze at the Zeagold facility will exacerbate an egg shortage caused by a ban on battery farming

Tess McClure

06, Feb, 2023 @3:55 AM

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Waitangi Day celebrations struggle to mute politics in heated election year
Questions of sovereignty, inequality and New Zealand history hang in the background as political speeches foreshadow a future in which relationship with Māori plays a central role

Tess McClure

06, Feb, 2023 @1:27 AM

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Australia’s diplomatic influence in Asia on the rise as ALP advances interests abroad
Lowy Institute ranks country sixth overall in the Asia Power Index, behind US, China, Japan, India and Russia

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

05, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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The Observer view on the real threat behind China’s spy balloon | Observer editorial
Washington and Beijing need to resume talks quickly before the hawks bring the world to war

Observer editorial

05, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Hong Kong 47: trial of dozens in pro-democracy movement set to begin under national security laws
Group of legislators, activists and community workers are accused of holding unofficial pre-election primaries that authorities say constitutes subversion

Helen Davidson in Taipei and Verna Yu

04, Feb, 2023 @7:00 PM

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China calls for calm amid growing row with US over suspected spy balloons
Beijing says it will ‘not accept any groundless conjecture’ after balloons spotted over US and Latin America

Miranda Bryant

04, Feb, 2023 @3:11 PM

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Bodies of two Britons killed in Ukraine recovered as part of prisoner swap
Chris Parry and Andrew Bagshaw died in Soledar area while helping to evacuate people from frontline

Tom Ambrose

04, Feb, 2023 @2:33 PM

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