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International relations

Queen Elizabeth's soft power in Asia went beyond the Commonwealth

New U.K. King Charles III faces struggle to match mother's ties in region

Queen Elizabeth II passes onlookers in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 23, 1972.   © AP

BANGKOK -- Papua New Guineans "from the mountains, valleys and coasts rose up this morning to the news that our queen has been taken to rest by God," the country's Prime Minister James Marape declared on the death of the U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth II.

"She was the anchor of our Commonwealth, and for PNG we fondly call her 'Mama Queen,'" he said during his address on Friday.

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