Source: Ministry of Armed Forces Can France and the UK Pivot to the Pacific? – Erik Brattberg, Philippe Le Corre and Etienne Soula “Europe’s two greatest military powers, France and the UK, are currently pursuing their own versions of a Pacific pivot. At the June 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue, the French and British defense ministers outlined their ambitions and announced that both navies would sail warships through contested waters in the South China Sea to help promote the free and open rules-based order.” Read more: https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/07/05/can-france-and-uk-pivot-to-pacific-pub-76732
Source: Richard Ying and Tangui Morlier A roadmap for overseas The Ouverseas Blue Book was submitted on Thursday, June 28, and will indicate the French government’s guidelines for the Pacific region. The President insisted on the need to reinforce the “anchoring in the Indo-Pacific zone” of New Caledonia. Read more: https://www.lnc.nc/breve/une-route-wallet-for-outremers
Beijing Pushing Taiwan and US Allies out of the Pacific Islands, Says Congressional Report – Paul Huang “The Chinese regime’s increasing involvement in the Pacific Islands region is squeezing Taiwan’s already limited international space while also posing security challenges to the United States and its allies Australia and New Zealand, a Congressional report says.” Read more: https://www.theepochtimes.com/beijing-pushing-taiwan-and-u-s-allies-out-of-pacific-islands-says-congressional-report_2565368.html
India’s Strategic Expansion in the Pacific Islands – Balaji Chandramohan “India’s maritime disposition seems to envisage having command of the sea in the Indo-Pacific, apart from securing its interests in the coastal areas.” Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2018/06/indias-strategic-expansion-in-the-pacific-islands/
Macron wants a balance against China in the Pacific The French President spoke in New Caledonia: “”In this part of the globe China is building its hegemony – it’s not a question of raising fears but to look at the reality. China has to be a partner for this region. (…) But if don’t organise ourselves, it will soon be a hegemony which will reduce our liberties, our opportunities which we will suffer.”. Read more: https://bit.ly/2J0uxfD
Britain’s new Pacific presence – Cleo Paskal “The UK, not as blinded by a short-term economic agenda and with a global perspective, can bring a new layer of Oceania analysis to the Five Eyes. It looks keen to give France a run for its money as the go-to European voice in the Indo-Pacific. And it may also suddenly find itself with many more new voting island friends in the UN and elsewhere.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/are-uk-s-new-diplomatic-posts-game-changer
Asia Pacific Bulletin: The French Pacific Territories and Free Trade – Jeremy Ellero “The integration of the French territories into the wider drivers in Oceania would induce a modernization of the growth fundamentals and a homogenization of the level of economic development of the Pacific islands.” Ellero, Jeremy. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: The French Pacific Territories and Free Trade”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°421). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin: The Role of the French Military on Key Issues for Oceania – Hélène Goiran “France has the second largest EEZ in the world (11 million square kilometers) located mainly in the Pacific (about 60%), and is responsible for protecting the fragile maritime environment and its extensive fishing, mineral, and energy resources.” Goiran, Hélène. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: The Role of the French Military on Key Issues for Oceania”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°416). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin: The United States is Losing the Pacific – Ben Bohane “From a Pacific Islands perspective the United States is no longer visible, apart from an annual “Pacific Partnership” visit by the US navy. Washington rarely sends high‐level diplomats to visit Pacific nations, and does not attend the most important regional gatherings, such as the annual meeting of island leaders known as the Pacific Island Forum (PIF).” Bohane, Ben. 2018. “The United States is Losing the Pacific”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°414). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin : Strategic Overview of Oceania – Cleo Paskal The East-West Center released Asia Pacific Bulletins aiming to highlight key issues facing Oceania in 2018. The first article is a strategic overview of Oceania by Dr Cleo Paskal: “The confluence of major changes in all three of the ‘3 geos’ (geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical) is making the strategic picture in Oceania increasingly complex.” Paskal Cleo. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin : Strategic Overview of Oceania”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°413). East-West Center : Washington.