5 February 2023
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Quad's cooperation on the region's COVID response was "most critical", with cyber and maritime security, infrastructure, climate action and disaster relief - especially after the recent Tonga volcanic eruption - also in focus
Asked by reporters if confrontation with China in the Indo-Pacific was inevitable, Blinken replied "nothing is inevitable". "Having said that, I think we share concerns that in recent years China has been acting more aggressively at home and more aggressively in the region
Foreign ministers of the so-called Quad, the informal grouping of the four countries, vowed to work on humanitarian relief, terrorism, cyber and maritime security and global supply chain challenges
In a meeting among its foreign ministers, US, Australia, Japan and India on Friday pledged to deepen cooperation to ensure the Indo-Pacific region was free from "coercion", a thinly-veiled swipe at China's growing economic and military expansion
On the question to @SecBlinken what changed for the US to issue its new Ukraine security alert & whether they will put @USEmbassyKyiv on ordered departure. He said the US continues "to see very troubling signs of Russian escalation" and "an invasion could begin at any time."
Blinken says Russian invasion of Ukraine could come 'any time', including during Olympics
11 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 5.5 - 47 km E of Wewak, Papua New Guinea
"Russia's ongoing threat to Ukraine & the support some countries have expressed for Moscow's dangerous actions is just the latest example of how these rules are being challenged and it underscores why we have to stand together to defend them," @SecBlinken says alongside the Quad
[email protected], speaking alongside Australian PM Morrison & Quad counterparts, says he does not believe confrontation with China in Indo-Pacific is inevitable but notes "China has been acting more repressively at home and more aggressively in the region & indeed potentially beyond"
11 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.9 - 176 km S of Merizo Village, Guam
11 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.6 - 69 km E of Hualien City, Taiwan
New Zealand police clashed with Covid protesters at parliament. 120 demonstrators arrested11 month ago
New Zealand police clashed with Covid protesters at parliament. 120 demonstrators arrested
Lithuania's top diplomat called on the world to stand up to China and Russia's alleged human rights violations during a visit to Australia, while acknowledging there would be a 'cost' to taking such actions.
New Zealand police clash with anti-vaccine protesters at parliament, over 120 arrested  Police say it could take days to break up a Covid-linked protest inspired by 'siege of Ottawa' on parliament grounds in Wellington11 month ago
New Zealand police clash with anti-vaccine protesters at parliament, over 120 arrested Police say it could take days to break up a Covid-linked protest inspired by 'siege of Ottawa' on parliament grounds in Wellington
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.6 - 86 km SW of Pagar Alam, Indonesia
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 5.0 - 40 km E of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
Secretary Blinken says Russia's ongoing build-up of forces near Ukraine "remains front and center" as he travels for meetings in Australia, Fiji & Hawaii. He tells us ERT Melbourne he'll remain in contact with foreign counterparts & DC throughout his trip
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 5.0 - 146 km WNW of Naha, Japan
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 5.5 - 130 km WNW of Naha, Japan
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.7 - 79 km ESE of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
Taiwan Ministry of Defense: ROCArmedForces have got you covered. Troopers with 33rd Chemical  Group, ROCArmy conducted sterilization missions in Taipei and Touyuan to keep train stations, airports, quarantine hotels, and schools free from COVID19 Omicron, so our people can focus on their daily lives12 month ago
Taiwan Ministry of Defense: ROCArmedForces have got you covered. Troopers with 33rd Chemical Group, ROCArmy conducted sterilization missions in Taipei and Touyuan to keep train stations, airports, quarantine hotels, and schools free from COVID19 Omicron, so our people can focus on their daily lives
In pictures: Convoy of trucks and campervans block streets near New Zealand's parliament in Wellington to protest against Covid19 restrictions and vaccinations, inspired by a similar demonstration in Canada12 month ago
In pictures: Convoy of trucks and campervans block streets near New Zealand's parliament in Wellington to protest against Covid19 restrictions and vaccinations, inspired by a similar demonstration in Canada
12 month ago
Australian diplomats denied access to citizen detained in Hong Kong
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 5.4 - 282 km NNE of Fais, Micronesia
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 - 52 km SSE of Yilan, Taiwan
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.7 - 35 km WSW of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
500 protestors have packed the gates of Government House in Canberra. The crowd has been rallying against mandatory COVID jabs, forcing police to redirect traffic and cancel a number of local events
500 protestors have packed the gates of Government House in Canberra. The crowd has been rallying against mandatory COVID jabs, forcing police to redirect traffic and cancel a number of local events
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.6 - 285 km SW of Sibolga, Indonesia
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.8 - 76 km WSW of Gorontalo, Indonesia
12 month ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.6 - 166 km NNE of Ruteng, Indonesia
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