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China and Australia pushing the Pacific’s pulse



China’s Foreign Minister is on his seventh stop in Pacific, as tensions continue to rise

Wang Yi has travelled to Papua New Guinea, which is the seventh stop in his diplomatic push in the Pacific.

PNG is heading into a national election, and local media is reporting Beijing’s plans for a regional security deal are causing conflict in the island-nation.

The nation’s former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is on the campaign trail and has criticised the timing of Wang’s visit.

O’Neill believes no agreements should be signed with China before the election.

Meanwhile, Yi has been on a diplomatic tour of the Pacific, as he seeks to drum up support for greater security cooperation among island states.

The Chinese foreign minister will travel to eight countries, with Timor-Leste next on his list.

His tour has sparked concern among the U.S., New Zealand and Australia, who are fearful of China’s growing dominance in the region.

Allan Behm from The Australia Institute describes China’s strategy as “noticeable, big [and] highly theatrical”.

Australia’s foreign minister Penny Wong, who recently returned from Fiji, is visiting Samoa and Tonga.

Australia is focussing on humanitarian support, and action on climate change.

Senator Wong has laid out an eight-year deal with Samoa to address human development and maritime support.

“China is focussed on security, and I think in the circumstances in which the Pacific countries find themselves, they’re more likely to be attracted to the options that Senator Wong is putting forward.”


China is seeking a security and trade deal with 10 Pacific nations. Its foreign minister has so far signed a dozen bilateral agreements.

But Senator Wong says Australia is also seeking greater relations with its close neighbours.

“We understand that we need to work together like never before, for our peoples and for generations to come.”

“We want to make a uniquely Australian contribution to help build a stronger Pacific family,” she says.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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How to make your money work for you over the next decade



With high interest rates, persistent inflation, and a tight labor market—the next decade is expected to be very different from the last 10 years.

Companies and households around the world are still trying to get back to pre-pandemic economic outputs and lifestyles.

So, how can people successfully invest and better manage their personal finances?

James Faris, an Investing Reporter with Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #money #finance #economy #investing

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Parents buying houses for their adult children



Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns

A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.

Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.

The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.

There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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