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China in the Pacific Islands

America Is Betting Big on the Second Island Chain
September 05, 2020

America Is Betting Big on the Second Island Chain

By Derek Grossman
Defense Secretary Esper's recent visits to Palau and Guam highlight the importance of the Second Island Chain to U.S. interests -- and China's growing influence there.

China Reportedly Eying Pacific’s Largest Mobile Carrier
May 14, 2020

China Reportedly Eying Pacific’s Largest Mobile Carrier

By Grant Wyeth
The Australian government would likely be very wary of such a development, should it occur. 
Japan and China’s Competition in the Pacific Islands
April 30, 2020

Japan and China’s Competition in the Pacific Islands

By Denghua Zhang and Miwa Hirono
Amid the geostrategic competition in the Pacific, the China-Japan dynamic is often overlooked.

COVID-19 Escalates the China-Australia Contest in the Pacific
April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Escalates the China-Australia Contest in the Pacific

By Philip Citowicki
China’s COVID-19 public relations push presents a major challenge for Australia, and the West broadly, in countering Chinese influence in the Pacific

Cash-for-Passports in the South Pacific
April 10, 2020

Cash-for-Passports in the South Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Solomon Islands is considering a controversial investment for a passport scheme; meanwhile Vanuatu is considering scrapping its own version.

China, Australia, and the Soft Power of Rugby in the South Pacific
February 22, 2020

China, Australia, and the Soft Power of Rugby in the South Pacific

By Thomas Wilkinson
Samoa will host a rugby tournament, thanks to Chinese funding. But Australia sees the sport as its own soft power advantage.

Kiribati President Makes First Trip to China After Switch From Taiwan
January 07, 2020

Kiribati President Makes First Trip to China After Switch From Taiwan

By Shannon Tiezzi
Kiribati, the latest of Taiwan's former allies to switch to China, holds special significance for Beijing.
Solomon Islands: A Pacific Linchpin Is Pulled
January 03, 2020

Solomon Islands: A Pacific Linchpin Is Pulled

By Jason Li
A closer look at the significance of a key diplomatic switch.

China’s Pacific Challenge
November 15, 2019

China’s Pacific Challenge

By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
China's outreach to Pacific island states is gaining steam, to the chagrin of other regional powers.

How Pacific Islands Leverage the China-Taiwan Tug of War
August 01, 2019

How Pacific Islands Leverage the China-Taiwan Tug of War

By Alexandre Dayant
The Pacific is a diplomatic battlefield, with the island countries themselves as the main players.

The Long Arm of Chinese Law Reaches Vanuatu, Again
July 11, 2019

The Long Arm of Chinese Law Reaches Vanuatu, Again

By Grant Wyeth
Four of six people taken from Vanuatu by Chinese police recently had dual citizenship up until the time Beijing came for them.
China Comes to Tonga
July 10, 2019

China Comes to Tonga

By Nick Perry
China’s largesse in the Pacific nation is growing, but some worry Beijing’s influence threatens Tonga's future.

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