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Shared concern about China’s rise helped the Quad come together

Shared concern about China’s rise helped the Quad come together

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Updates from : the Print : Many had written off the idea of building an Asia-Pacific coalition between Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. – a group informally known as the Quad. Singapore: The idea of building an Asia-Pacific coalition between Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. — a group informally known as “the Quad” — had failed to catch on for so long, many had written it off. But a low-key meeting on the sidelines of Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits Thursday in Singapore suggested that shared concern about China’s rise was helping the four liberal democracies overcome their differences. Four brief statements issued by the participants Friday offered some clues about the group’s direction: Regular Meetings Perhaps the most significant outcome was the com
Maldives set to pull out of free trade pact with China as it moves closer to India

Maldives set to pull out of free trade pact with China as it moves closer to India

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Updates from : the Print : Former president Abdulla Yameen had signed the free trade agreement with China in Beijing in December last year. Hong Kong: The Maldives is reportedly planning to pull out of a free trade agreement with China as the island nation moves closer to India and the West after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the presidency in a September election. The trade imbalance between China and the Maldives is “so huge that nobody would think of a free trade agreement between such parties,” Reuters cited Mohamed Nasheed, a former president and now an adviser to Solih, as saying. He separately told the BBC that the trade deal was “very one-sided” and that Chinese investments would be reviewed. Former president Abdulla Yameen had signed the free trade agreement with China in
Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

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Updates from : the Hindu : Following the rampage, about 100 police and guards waited outside Parliament to talk to the government about their allowances. A lawmaker says disgruntled police and prison guards have stormed Papua New Guinea’s Parliament in a pay dispute that stemmed from an international summit hosted by the South Pacific island nation last weekend. Images posted by opposition lawmaker Bryan Kramer on social media on Tuesday showed broken windows, smashed furniture, pictures torn from corridor walls and plants tipped over. Mr. Kramer said the protesters had not been paid allowances for their security work at a Pacific Rim leaders’ summit in Port Moresby that was attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Chinese President Xi Jinping and others. Following th
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