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China's Rise in Oceania: Issues and Perspectives

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This paper identifies a broad context for assessing China's increased interest in the Pacific Islands, and examines some of the major implications for regional security, regional politics, Western influence and self-determination in the region. It argues that Beijing's policy towards the Pacific is not driven by strategic competition with the United States, as some have maintained. Nor is it reducible to a specific set of interests centred on natural resources and, especially, competition with Taiwan. Although these factors are important, China's activities in the region are best understood as part of a much larger outreach to the developing world that is likely to endure and intensify. The paper suggests that China's rise is generally welcomed by island leaders, and makes the case that it offers island states economic and political opportunities not available under established structures of power and influence.
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Keywords: CHINA'S RISE; CHINA-TAIWAN COMPETITION; DEVELOPING WORLD; PACIFIC ISLANDS; PACIFIC ISLANDS DEVELOPMENT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2013

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