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China in the Pacific Islands

The Myth of ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Pacific Region
September 29, 2021

The Myth of ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Pacific Region

By Sasha Davis
How a faulty geographical mindset is leading policymakers astray in the region.

Sydney Think Tank Says China Less Generous Toward Pacific
September 28, 2021

Sydney Think Tank Says China Less Generous Toward Pacific

By Rod McGuirk
Chinese aid to the Pacific shrank by 31 percent in 2019 to $169 million, the Lowy Institute said.
The Northern Mariana Islands: US Territory, China-Dependent
September 25, 2021

The Northern Mariana Islands: US Territory, China-Dependent

By Yuan Zhi (Owen) Ou
The United States’ Pacific territories, like all the Pacific Islands, face a challenge to diversify their economies away from reliance on China.

How the Pacific Islands Forum Fell Apart
February 10, 2021

How the Pacific Islands Forum Fell Apart

By Cleo Paskal
The decision by Micronesian countries to leave the PIF will have major strategic implications.

China Continues Its COVID-19 Diplomacy in the Pacific
December 01, 2020

China Continues Its COVID-19 Diplomacy in the Pacific

By Shannon Tiezzi
China held a second “special meeting on COVID-19” with Pacific Island countries.

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.

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