Steven Dziedzic,

Steven Dziedzic

Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Past articles by Steven:

Scott Morrison's new Pacific strategy involves broadcasting Married at First Sight into the region

More details have emerged about the television programs the Australian Government hopes will improve its standing in the Pacific. → Read More

ASIO denies discrimination after stripping Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo's permanent residency

The decision to effectively bar Huang Xiangmo has stirred unease in parts of Australia's Chinese community, but ASIO's head of security says attacks on his organisation are inaccurate. → Read More

Vanuatu: Convention centre at risk of becoming a 'white elephant '

Vanuatu's Foreign Affairs Minister Ralph Regenvanu says Port Vila's convention centre was not well planned and the country needs to be more careful about what aid it asks for. → Read More

One of US President Donald Trump's most controversial advisers is coming to Australia

National security adviser John Bolton is considered one of the most powerful figures inside the Trump administration, and the ABC can reveal he'll soon visit Australia. → Read More

If sea levels rise and Pacific nations go under water — what happens to maritime boundaries?

Scientists have long predicted climate change could pose an existential threat to the tiny island nations which dot the Pacific. What impact could this have on the political geography of the region? → Read More

Australia ramps up rivalry with China for influence in the Pacific

Gifted patrol boats, a flurry of visits, and rumoured military bases. As China looms, Australia tries to woo back the South Pacific, write Stephanie Whiting and Stephen Dziedzic. → Read More

Former Victorian premier John Brumby resigns from Huawei board

Former Victorian premier John Brumby resigns from the board of Chinese technology firm Huawei just three days after the US announced it would prosecute the company on a litany of charges. → Read More

A two-day walk for vaccines is now just 20 minutes away with drone delivery in remote Vanuatu

What once seemed like a mad fantasy is now a welcome reality in Vanuatu, with an Australian developed product flying necessary medicines into hard-to-reach locations where one in five children don't get all the vaccines they need. → Read More

Scott Morrison to make historic to Fiji and Vanuatu to shore up Australian influence in Pacific

Scott Morrison faces a huge battle to win this year's election, but before then, he'll jet off to the Pacific island nations of Vanuatu and Fiji for a state visit. And, in a small way, he'll be making history. → Read More

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says Australia's climate change inaction undermines its 'Pacific pivot'

Australia is being warned its return to its Pacific neighbours after years of neglect risks being undermined by the Government's intransigence on the region's main threat: climate change. → Read More

What's in the secret documents signed by China and Vanuatu at APEC?

Chinese officials announced they had signed new agreements with several Pacific Island nations at the APEC summit, but they refused to answer even basic questions about what was in them. Now the details of those deals are starting to seep out. → Read More

Timor-Leste buys Shell's stake in Greater Sunrise oil and gas in controversial plan to build hub

Timor-Leste buys Shell's stake in the rich Greater Sunrise oil and gas fields as it presses ahead with its contentious plan to pipe the natural resources to its south coast for processing. → Read More

APEC 2018: Regional meeting ends in disarray as leaders fail to reach consensus on communique

The China and United States delegations clash over language relating to trade, meaning the summit leaders will not issue the traditional summit statement. → Read More

APEC 2018: Chinese officials barge into PNG Foreign Minister's office after being denied meeting

Four officials forced their way into Rimbink Pato's office after being repeatedly denied a meeting to discuss the wording of the final communique of the APEC summit in Port Moresby. → Read More

Australia joins international bid to improve Papua New Guinea's energy infrastructure

Only 13 per cent of Papua New Guinea's population has reliable access to power, leaving vast swathes of the country in the dark each night. But Australia will join the US, Japan and New Zealand in rolling out electricity infrastructure to improve that to 70 per cent by 2030. → Read More

Scott Morrison to go in to bat for free trade at APEC against backdrop of US-China trade war

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will use a major speech in front of regional leaders to warn the US and China against a full-blown trade war as the geopolitical contest between the two great powers intensifies. → Read More

New Caledonians vote against independence in referendum, early results suggest

Early results indicate more than 60 per cent of voters in the territory have cast their ballot in favour of staying with France. → Read More

New Caledonia referendum: French colony in the Pacific set for crucial independence vote

In less than a week a new nation could be born in the Pacific, as the French territory of New Caledonia takes a long awaited vote on their independence from France. → Read More

Sri Lanka's political crisis sparks Australian Foreign Minister to warn 'democratic principles must be upheld'

Australia's Foreign Minister warns democratic principles must be upheld in Sri Lanka, where the President has sacked the Prime Minister and replaced him with a former strongman, sending shockwaves through the country. → Read More

Senior diplomats not consulted about Prime Minister's decision to review location of Australian embassy in Israel

PM Scott Morrison gave DFAT less than a day's notice before announcing he was considering a controversial move to shift Australia's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Senate Estimates is told. → Read More