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China in the Pacific Islands

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.

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.

China’s Foreign Minister Visits Kiribati, Where Fishing Ground Is at Stake
May 27, 2022

China’s Foreign Minister Visits Kiribati, Where Fishing Ground Is at Stake

By Nick Perry
Kiribati made a rare exception to its pandemic border closure for Wang Yi and a Chinese delegation to visit.
China Wants 10 Pacific Nations to Sign a Major Cooperation Agreement
May 26, 2022

China Wants 10 Pacific Nations to Sign a Major Cooperation Agreement

By Nick Perry
Micronesia’s president called the draft sent out by Beijing “the single most game-changing proposed agreement in the Pacific in any of our lifetimes.”

Chinese Ambassador Says China’s Rise Is No Threat to Australia
May 13, 2022

Chinese Ambassador Says China’s Rise Is No Threat to Australia

By Rod McGuirk
Beijing’s ambassador to Australia wrote a newspaper op-ed to try and assuage concerns over China’s new security pact with Solomon Islands – although he didn’t specifically mention the deal.

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. 
The Geopolitical Aftershocks of the China-Solomon Islands Security Agreement
April 13, 2022

The Geopolitical Aftershocks of the China-Solomon Islands Security Agreement

By Larissa Stünkel and Marc Lanteigne
The deal was likely China's response to AUKUS. Now Australia and the U.S. will consider how to respond, possibly intensifying the security competition in the Pacific.

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