Perceptions of Indigenous Security Practitioners on China's Geostrategic Activities in the Pacific   [open pdf - 657KB]

From the Introduction: "Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia are attracting an increasing number of international partners with uncertain motives, which is rendering the region's geopolitics more complex. Traditional external powers, such as Australia, New Zealand, United States and France, have had a long-term, big-brother-style relationships with Pacific Island nations that have deteriorated and resulted in new powers, such as China, Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan and India becoming more actively engaged in the region. Growing maturity in some Pacific economies and foreign policies is limiting the influence of traditional powers, with Papua New Guinea and Fiji emerging as regional powers that are more active in international spheres. Increasing regional activity by China and the increased United States focus on Oceania are already affecting regional stability, which is affecting nations that have a security relationship with traditional partners and an economic relationship with non-traditional partners, such as China. Pacific Island nations understandably view geopolitical strategic competition for regional influence and resources as an opportunity to play competitors against each other and are taking advantage of increased access to aid, concessional loans, defense and security cooperation, business opportunities and international influence."

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