China and the Pacific

Geopolitics, but what of other Pacific players?
Geopolitics, but what of other Pacific players?
A new Lowy Institute policy brief, Geopolitics in the Pacific Islands: Playing for advantage, by Meg Keen and Alan Tidwell argues for better coordination between Australia, the…
Nauru’s diplomatic switch to China – the rising stakes in Pacific geopolitics
Nauru’s diplomatic switch to China – the rising stakes in Pacific geopolitics
Nauru’s decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China has nothing to do with Australia. It reflects the intense geopolitical competition in the Pacific and the…
Digital dominoes: Australia’s strategic play in the Pacific
Digital dominoes: Australia’s strategic play in the Pacific
Pacific Island countries, with their sprawling geography, have been caught in a digital divide. Lack of critical, digitally enabling infrastructure slows down development progress…
Infrastructure for influence: Pacific Islands building spree
Infrastructure for influence: Pacific Islands building spree
There is a building spree going on in our neighbourhood as Pacific Island countries leverage geopolitical rivalries to fill a huge gap. A rough estimate is that the region needs…
Japan risks its reputation in Oceania with Fukushima discharge
Japan risks its reputation in Oceania with Fukushima discharge
Japan’s decision last month to begin discharging treated radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean from its destroyed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is fairly unpopular…
US under pressure to conclude compact agreements in the North Pacific
US under pressure to conclude compact agreements in the North Pacific
Little information has emerged about how negotiations for the renewal of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) between the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the United…
A Pacific power play could prove the Quad’s relevance
A Pacific power play could prove the Quad’s relevance
Last December, I trekked around some of the most remote corners of the Solomon Islands province of Malaita. The communities that hosted me – small villages littered with colourful…
Not the Indo-Pacific: a Melanesian view on strategic competition
Not the Indo-Pacific: a Melanesian view on strategic competition
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare recently affirmed his country’s adherence to the “friend to all, enemy to none” foreign policy ideal. He, like other Melanesian…
PNG voices: regional partnerships must be based on respect
PNG voices: regional partnerships must be based on respect
When Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addressed the Papua New Guinea parliament in January, he entitled his speech “a bond between equals”. There was much in his address…
Weaving webs of statecraft in the Pacific Islands
Weaving webs of statecraft in the Pacific Islands
The April 2022 news that China and Solomon Islands had entered into a security pact solidified perceptions that Australia and its partners were in a race with China for “influence…