Jonathan Pryke is a former Director of the Lowy Institute’s Pacific Islands Program. Jonathan’s research is interested in all aspects of the Pacific Islands, including economic development in the Pacific Islands region, Australia’s relationship with the Pacific, the role of aid and the private sector in Pacific Islands development and Pacific labour mobility. Jonathan joined the Lowy Institute in 2015 from the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University where he was a researcher, editor of the Development Policy Blog and a co-convener of the Australasian Aid Conference. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Sydney, a Masters of Public Policy (Development Policy), Masters of Diplomacy and Graduate Diploma in International and Development Economics from the Australian National University.
Trying to force a “choice” with China would be a mistake. But US can win plenty of good will living up to its promises.
Beijing is becoming less generous. New data suggests 2018 was a high water mark for China’s aid to the region.
As the developing world suffers a crisis unlike any ever seen, the budget shows Australia at its least generous ever.