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China in the Pacific Islands

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Why France-US Relations Matter for the Pacific

Why France-US Relations Matter for the Pacific

By Guy C. Charlton and Xiang Gao
Increased French-U.S. cooperation in the region should be welcome news to Pacific Island states.
Australia-China Relations: The Outlook for 2023

Australia-China Relations: The Outlook for 2023

By Corey Lee Bell and Elena Collinson
Despite the current détente, five major issues may place further strain on the Australia-China relationship next year.

Australia Inks New Security Deal With Vanuatu

Australia Inks New Security Deal With Vanuatu

By Associated Press
The new pact comes amid a ramped up competition with China in the Pacific, following Beijing's own security deal with Solomon Islands.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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.

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