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Australia, China, and the Language of Humiliation
August 12, 2022

Australia, China, and the Language of Humiliation

By Grant Wyeth
When Australia defends mutually beneficial rules – or the status quo in Taiwan – China takes offense. 

US Compacts of Free Association Are Key to Deterring a Taiwan Contingency
August 09, 2022

US Compacts of Free Association Are Key to Deterring a Taiwan Contingency

By Angela Smith
The current COFA renegotiation processes will have a huge impact on peace in the Pacific.
Australia’s China Strategy Under the Labor Party
August 05, 2022

Australia’s China Strategy Under the Labor Party

By Patricio Giusto
Regardless of the government, Australia’s commitment to the Quad – and concerns about China – are here to stay.

Jacinda Ardern Strikes a Softer Tone on China
August 02, 2022

Jacinda Ardern Strikes a Softer Tone on China

By Geoffrey Miller
Throughout a recent speech, New Zealand’s prime minister was mild with her criticism of China and optimistic about the health and future of the bilateral relationship.

Chinese Company Eyes Solomon Islands Deep-water Port
August 01, 2022

Chinese Company Eyes Solomon Islands Deep-water Port

By Rod McGuirk
A Chinese delegation visited the plantation that covers most of Kolombangar Island in 2019, asking questions about the length of the wharf and depth of the water.

Are Australia and New Zealand Compromising on Democratic Ideals in the Pacific?
July 29, 2022

Are Australia and New Zealand Compromising on Democratic Ideals in the Pacific?

By Grant Wyeth
The best approach to safeguarding democracy in the region is for both countries to demonstrate the prosperity and human flourishing that can flow from good governance.

Micronesia’s First COVID-19 Outbreak Balloons, Causing Alarm
July 26, 2022

Micronesia’s First COVID-19 Outbreak Balloons, Causing Alarm

By Nick Perry
Micronesia has logged over 1,000 cases just a week since becoming the final nation in the world with a population of more than 100,000 to experience a COVID outbreak.
How Australia Can Help Sri Lanka
July 21, 2022

How Australia Can Help Sri Lanka

By Grant Wyeth
If the northeast Indian Ocean is of strategic interest to Australia, then the current economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka ought to be a pressing concern for Canberra. 

Was China Behind Kiribati’s Withdrawal From the Pacific Islands Forum?
July 19, 2022

Was China Behind Kiribati’s Withdrawal From the Pacific Islands Forum?

By Martin Kwan
The withdrawal makes no strategic sense for China, but Kiribati had its own reasons to exit the PIF.

Can the US Open a ‘New Chapter’ With the Pacific?
July 14, 2022

Can the US Open a ‘New Chapter’ With the Pacific?

By Patricia O’Brien
A U.S. return to the Pacific could yield great benefit, but that return has to be done right, and it should start with an upscaling of America’s Pacific literacy.

The Politics Behind Who is Attending the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting
July 13, 2022

The Politics Behind Who is Attending the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting

By Patricia O’Brien
Dialogue partners were disinvited from the PIF meeting this week as the organization wrestles with internal divisions. But U.S. Vice President Harris got to speak virtually to the forum anyway.
Queensland: A Political Conundrum 
July 12, 2022

Queensland: A Political Conundrum 

By Grant Wyeth
What explains Queensland's unique -- and divergent -- political choices at the state and federal levels?

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