Tag Archives: China

China in the Pacific (recent journal articles)

Several journals have recently featured articles on China’s emerging role in the Pacific Islands, including the special issue of Pacific Affairs (Volume 86 No.2, June 2013) on ‘Global Perspectives on Chinese Investment’ (edited by Paul D’Arcy and Graeme Smith): Asian Investment in … Continue reading

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Australian influence on WB and ADB loans to Fiji: the China factor

A recent excellent article by Stephen Howes argues that it is contradictory of Australia and NZ to have influenced the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to not lend to Fiji while increasing their own aid to Fiji. Howes was concerned that the WB and ADB appeared to be instruments of rich countries like Australia, rather than “problem-solving tools for all countries”. All well and good. But then […] Continue reading

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In conversation: Philippa Brant on China’s aid to the Pacific

Earlier this month, Myer Melanesia Program Director Jenny Hayward Jones released a new paper, Big Enough for all of us: Geo-Strategic Competition in the Pacific Islands, challenging assumptions about what China is up to in the Pacific.
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Big enough for all of us: geo-strategic competition in the Pacific Islands

China’s growing engagement in the Pacific Islands has fueled talk of great-power competition in the region.  But viewing China’s activities in the region in geo-strategic terms is inappropriate and potentially counter-productive.  Australia and the United States should focus on cooperating with…

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Connecting Moana: Oceania’s Universities take the lead in Pan-Pacific Online Course Delivery

by Dr Paul D’Arcy, History, CHL. [about this image*] For the last two years a quiet educational revolution with profound implications for education outreach and collaborative teaching and research has been taking place across the entire breadth of the Pacific Islands. The … Continue reading

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China and India in the Fiji equation

Professor Wadan Narsey is an Adjunct Professor at The Cairns Institute.
The Fiji regime’s clear breach of its own decrees and roadmap to democracy, as described in my previous post, has unsettled traditional donors and must also create s… Continue reading

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Conference: The South Pacific Agenda for Survival and Growth: A Framework for Coordinated Participation of Asian Donors?

11-13 December 2012, Port Vila, Vanuatu. “The New Zealand Asia Institute of the University of Auckland has partnered with the Pacific Institute of Public Policy to host guest speakers and academics from the Pacific, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (PMPA Awardee)!

The Pacific Institute congratulates ANU Master’s students Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (College of Law, pictured left) and Ana Soakai (Crawford School) who were among 30 Pacific students studying in Australia to receive the Prime Minister’s Pacific-Australia (PMPA) Award last Thursday (6 … Continue reading

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‘Papua New Guinea in the Asian Century’ (Speech by The Hon Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea)

12:30-1:45pm, 29 November Lowy Institute for International Policy, 31 Bligh St, Sydney [read more].

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Center for Oceanian Studies at Sun Yat-Sen University (中山大学 -大洋洲研究中心)

Outrigger recently posted a note about the launch of the first centre for the study of Oceania in China.* In this follow-up post, we interview Prof. YU Chang-sen ((喻常森老师), the Deputy Executive Director of the Center for Oceanian Studies (COS) … Continue reading

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A brighter future for the Pacific: an interview with ADB Vice-President Stephen Groff (Part II)

Robin: Your remarks at the 2012 Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga expressed a great deal of optimism about the prospects for the region. You said that the Pacific was on the cusp of a new era. That’s not a view that’s universally held. What do you see as the major factors that are going to make a difference for the region? Stephen: There are a couple of points here. First, […] Continue reading

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The tides of change

A new wave of US engagement in the Pacific is set to benefit the region’s nations as the US responds to the global rise of China, writes Stewart Firth.

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Standing upright there: the New Zealand path to a nuclear-free world

Richard Tanter, in a new post to the Nautilus Peace and Security Network (NAPSNet) blog, writes that the recent rapprochement between New Zealand and the United States is born of shared concern about the rise of China and from a … Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (October 3): Pacific leaders at UN General Assembly | Setback for Fiji rehabilitation | PNG ready to raise West Papua issue… and more

A fortnightly roundup of policy news in the Pacific by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. Condolences on the passing of Chronox Manek, Chief Ombudsman of Papua New Guinea. POLITICS Pacific leaders at UN General Assembly In the first meeting of its kind, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon met Pacific Island Forum leaders on the sidelines of the 67th UN General Assembly in New York. Mr Ban emphasised […] Continue reading

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Pacific Islands Forum Wrap (from Pacific Buzz, 5 Sept)

This article is extracted from the latest issue of Pacific Buzz at Devpolicy.org. [You may read the full text of the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum Communiqué here.] Commentators continue to question the relevance of the Pacific Islands Forum in a shifting geopolitical landscape … Continue reading

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