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/
CSIS report warns of Chinese interference in New Zealand – Steven Chase and Robert Fife “New Zealand is valuable to China not only as “a soft underbelly, through which to access Five Eyes intelligence,” the report says, but also because it is responsible for the defence and foreign affairs of three South Pacific territories, because of its role in international money laundering, its claim in Antarctica as well as its relatively inexpensive farming land and unexplored petroleum reserves.” Read more: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-csis-report-warns-of-chinese-interference-in-new-zealand/
China’s communist party has so much power in New Zealand that western countries might stop sharing intelligence – Francis Chan “A former CIA analyst has raised the prospect of kicking New Zealand out of an international intelligence-sharing alliance, which includes the US.” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-zealand-should-be-cut-from-five-eyes-over-china-influence-2018-5
AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific – David Dewitt, Mary Young, Alex Brouse and Jinelle Piereder “Our focus is on Canadian defence and security activities in the Asia Pacific arena between 1990 and 2015. While governments have asserted the growing primacy of the Asia Pacific, we ask the following: What does Canada’s recent military and security record tell us about the policies and operational aspects of Canadian engagement? How might we assess these in comparison with Ottawa’s declared importance of the Asia Pacific? What might this tell us about the near-term future of Canada’s role and […]
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.
Baseless rumours: why talk of a Chinese military installation in Vanuatu misses the point – Dan McGarry “Despite the fact that Australia remains the largest donor in Vanuatu and the Pacific, analysts suggest that China has stolen a march on it by ingratiating itself with politicians who see infrastructure projects as vote getters.” Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/11/baseless-rumours-why-talk-of-a-chinese-military-installation-in-vanuatu-misses-the-point
The many questions about China’s Vanuatu ambition – Rory Medcalf “There are several plausible reasons for China to want access or presence for its armed forces in the South Pacific. (…), perhaps China seeks a security footprint to enable its training of the forces of small island states as it extends influence over them. This may have some capacity-building benefits but also amounts to direct competition with Australia and New Zealand.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/many-questions-about-china-s-vanuatu-ambition
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.