The Labor Party appeared more likely than Prime Minister Scott Morrison's coalition to form a government after Australia's election on Saturday that could result in a rare hung parliament.
Scott Morrison says he followed security officials' advice in managing relations with the Solomon Islands after the South Pacific neighbor's leader alleged he'd been threatened with invasion.
The announcement comes amid concerns that other Pacific island countries financially weakened by the pandemic and its impact on tourism could be lured by China into similar deals.
Under the Solomon Islands' terms of a draft agreement, China could send police, military personnel and other armed forces to the Solomon Islands "to assist in maintaining social order."
Scott Morrison has called for a May 21 election that will be fought on issues including Chinese economic coercion, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement comes amid growing concern by the U.S. and its allies about China's growing military assertiveness and Washington's concern of Russia using the weapons in Ukraine.
The country's defense minister cites both the Russia-Ukraine war and China for accelerating the rearming of fighter jets and warships.
China has not provided any specifics about what offenses Cheng Lei is accused of committing, who has been held for 19 months on suspicion of relaying state secrets abroad.
One Asia-Pacific security observer says Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. would all be "very concerned" about the draft agreement.
Barty is retiring only two months after winning the Australian Open, saying she wants to pursue other dreams.
Local authorities have placed up to 300,000 people under evacuation warnings in one of the country's worst flooding incidents.
The move allow international tourists and business travelers into the country for the first time in almost two years.
The incident, in which someone saw a man in a wetsuit get dragged underwater, is the city's first fatal shark attack since 1963. Beaches are closed while lifeguards patrol for further shark sightings.
Australia's government cited the impacts of drought, bush fires and deforestation. The koala population dropped a reported 30% from 2018 to 2021.
Doubly vaccinated travelers will be welcomed starting Feb. 21, nearly two years after it first closed its border. The move is seen as relief for its tourism industry.