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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.

Australia’s Pacific Island Myopia
July 13, 2018

Australia’s Pacific Island Myopia

By Matthew Dornan
Overreacting to China’s presence in the Pacific Islands is actually undermining Australia's image in the region.

Australia’s Short-Sighted Abandonment of Pacific Shortwave
June 30, 2018

Australia’s Short-Sighted Abandonment of Pacific Shortwave

By Grant Wyeth
Beijing swiftly moves into any of the spaces Australia abandons, and Canberra lacks the capability to reclaim them.

New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics?
March 09, 2018

New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics?

By Grant Wyeth
Ostensibly to survey cyclone damage, the prime minister’s trip also underscores Wellington’s refocusing on its Pacific Island relationships.
Is China Building Roads to Nowhere in the Pacific?
January 17, 2018

Is China Building Roads to Nowhere in the Pacific?

By Grant Wyeth
An Australia minister lashed out at Chinese investment in the Pacific region. Why take up the issue now?

French Polynesia at the Chinese Crossroads
September 07, 2017

French Polynesia at the Chinese Crossroads

By Sébastien Goulard
The islands need to carefully weigh the benefits of Chinese investment with the potential risks.

The Pacific Islands Play the Field
December 27, 2016

The Pacific Islands Play the Field

By Jenny Hayward-Jones
New realities are shaping Pacific Island states’ relationships with China, Russia, Australia, and the United States.

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