Australia

Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

By Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:45AM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced that it will join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank.

Bali Nine: Envoy says Indonesia leader Joko Widodo too busy to take Australia call

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 3:46PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Indonesian envoy says that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been too busy during the past three weeks to accept a phone call from the Australian prime minister to plead for the lives of two death row prisoners.

Australian watchdog to block Qantas-China Eastern agreement

By Tue, Mar 24, 2015 10:08AM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s competition watchdog has foreshadowed plans to block a tie up between Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines because it could increase fares on the popular Sydney-Shanghai route.

Indonesia defers execution of 10 drug traffickers

By Thu, Mar 19, 2015 7:05AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia may not execute 10 drug smugglers in the near future pending rulings on legal appeals filed by some of them.

Vietnam and Australia leaders agree to closer defense ties

By Wed, Mar 18, 2015 1:05PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Vietnam and Australia have agreed to closer security ties during a meeting of the nation’s prime ministers as Australia continues to balance its relationship with its biggest trading partner China and relations with other neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region.