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The Big Problem With Labor’s ‘Plan to Build a Stronger Pacific Family’
June 10, 2022

The Big Problem With Labor’s ‘Plan to Build a Stronger Pacific Family’

By Corey Lee Bell
The Pacific Islands are not interested in being Australia’s – or China’s – “little brothers.”

China and Australia’s Dueling Pacific Tours Make Final Stops
June 03, 2022

China and Australia’s Dueling Pacific Tours Make Final Stops

By Gantry Meilana and Nick Perry
The foreign ministers of Australia and China were both making their final stops Friday on what has become an island-hopping diplomatic duel in the South Pacific.
It’s Game On in the Pacific
May 28, 2022

It’s Game On in the Pacific

By Patricia O’Brien
Australia’s new government and the United States are both moving urgently to boost ties with Pacific Island countries as the scope of China’s ambition becomes clear.

Australia Aware of China Plans for Solomon Islands Wharves
May 09, 2022

Australia Aware of China Plans for Solomon Islands Wharves

By Rod McGuirk
"We're very aware of what the Chinese government's ambitions are in the Pacific,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Australia’s Indo-Pacific Engagement: Fear, Honor, and Interests
May 05, 2022

Australia’s Indo-Pacific Engagement: Fear, Honor, and Interests

By John Blaxland
Cooperation, competition, and contestation are at the heart of Australia’s engagement in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia’s Monroe Doctrine in the Age of the China-Solomon Islands Security Deal
April 30, 2022

Australia’s Monroe Doctrine in the Age of the China-Solomon Islands Security Deal

By Patricia O’Brien
Old anxieties about Australia’s vulnerabilities remain relatively unchanged, but the new geopolitical order is fundamentally different. 

With Strong State Backing, Australian Telco Purchases Pacific Network Digicel
October 25, 2021

With Strong State Backing, Australian Telco Purchases Pacific Network Digicel

By Sebastian Strangio
The deal is designed to head off the network's rumored purchase by a state-owned Chinese firm.
Amid Outbreak, Australia Donates 8,000 COVID-19 Shots to PNG
March 17, 2021

Amid Outbreak, Australia Donates 8,000 COVID-19 Shots to PNG

By Sebastian Strangio
The donation serves immediate needs, but also dovetails with Australia broader program of engagement with the Pacific.

Connecting the Dots: Australia and Digital Infrastructure Development in the Pacific Islands
February 06, 2021

Connecting the Dots: Australia and Digital Infrastructure Development in the Pacific Islands

By Tom Corben and Euan Moyle
COVID-19 has highlighted the reactive nature of Australia's approach to digital infrastructure development in the region.

The Pandemic Drags On. But What About Infrastructure?
December 23, 2020

The Pandemic Drags On. But What About Infrastructure?

By Amrita Malhi
Australia can't, and shouldn't, compete directly with China on the funding of hard infrastructure.

The Costs of Australia’s Climate Politics
December 01, 2020

The Costs of Australia’s Climate Politics

By Matt McDonald
Despite the reality of the threat posed by climate change, Australia is a significant part of the failure to adequately address it. That has growing diplomatic costs.
Australia Announces New Injection of Pacific COVID-19 Vaccine Aid
November 02, 2020

Australia Announces New Injection of Pacific COVID-19 Vaccine Aid

By Sebastian Strangio
Canberra's funding commitments are beginning to catch up to its concerns about China's growing influence in its neighborhood.

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