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China in the Pacific Islands

America’s Pacific Island Summit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 09, 2022

America’s Pacific Island Summit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Derek Grossman
The landmark meeting encapsulated both the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. strategy in the region.

Praise for a Long-Needed Pacific Partnership Strategy
October 14, 2022

Praise for a Long-Needed Pacific Partnership Strategy

By M. Osman Siddique
The newly developed U.S.-Pacific partnership strategy will ensure a prosperous tomorrow for the Pacific Island region.
China, US Woo Pacific Island Nations
August 01, 2022

China, US Woo Pacific Island Nations

By Bonnie Girard
The Pacific Islands states have rejected China’s overreach. But are Washington’s efforts any more attractive?

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.

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.

Is Anyone Listening to the Pacific Islands?
July 01, 2022

Is Anyone Listening to the Pacific Islands?

By Cleo Paskal
What do people of the Pacific Islands think about China’s plans for the region and the U.S. response?
What Do the Pacific Island Countries Think About China?
June 30, 2022

What Do the Pacific Island Countries Think About China?

Henry Ivarature, Lice Movono, and Patricia O’Brien discuss the hopes and concerns Pacific Island governments – and people – have about China.

French Polynesia Has Its Own China Dream
June 23, 2022

French Polynesia Has Its Own China Dream

By Paco Milhiet
The French overseas territory seeks to maintain strong relations with China, while Paris is more wary.

China’s Pacific Push Is Already Remaking the Region
June 14, 2022

China’s Pacific Push Is Already Remaking the Region

By Patricia O’Brien
After a whirlwind of visits and agreements, where does the Pacific region stand?

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.

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