Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping (Wilson Center, Kissinger Institute)

Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping – Anne-Marie Brady “This policy paper examines China’s foreign political influence activities under Xi Jinping, using one very representative state, New Zealand, as a case study. New Zealand’s relationship with China is of interest, because the Chinese government regards New Zealand as an exemplar of how it would like its relations to be with other states.” Brady, Anne-Marie. 2017. “Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping”. Wilson Center, Kissinger Institute: 1-57.

The Coveted Oceania: History, Geopolitics and Society (CNRS Éditions, University of French Polynesia)

The Coveted Oceania: History, Geopolitics and Society – Sémir Al Wardi, Jean-Marc Regnault and Jean-François Sabouret “This book, bringing together some forty specialists, analyzes this” coveted “Oceania, from the historical, political, religious, economic and cultural angle, trying to go beyond the myth (…), of paradise rediscovered islands, it retraces the irreconcilable lusts of a multitude of actors, sometimes unexpected, just as much as the hegemonic ambitions of the great powers.”. The table of contents is available on Protorp. Al Wardi, Sémir. Jean-Marc Regnault et Jean-François Sabouret. 2017. The Coveted Oceania: History, Geopolitics and Society. CNRS.

A Guidebook on Pacific Diplomacy: India Looks to the ‘Far East’ (Observer Research Foundation)

A Guidebook on Pacific Diplomacy: India Looks to the ‘Far East’ – Patrick Walsh « Since his assumption to power in 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been slowly stretching the arm of the country’s foreign policy into Pacific waters in furtherance of the ‘Act East’ policy. While India’s relationship with the Pacific island states (read, not Australia and New Zealand) is quite unestablished, Modi is attempting to set the foundations for prosperous future cooperation. » Walsh, Patrick. 2017. « A Guidebook on Pacific Diplomacy: India Looks to the ‘Far East’ ». Observer Research Foundation 109 (Février) : 1-34

South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations (Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)

South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations – Niranjan Chandrashekhar Oak «This backgrounder explores three issues: the strategic significance of the SouthPacific for India, the advantages that India enjoys over China in the region, andthe status of India’s relationship with Papua New Guinea in the light of therecent visit by President Mukherjee.» Chandrashekhar Oak, Niranjan. 2016. “South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations”. Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses: 1-9

Are There Chinese Hitmen in the Kingdom of Tonga (The Diplomat)

Are There Chinese Hitmen in the Kingdom of Tonga – Cleo Paskal The author attempts to highlight an “open secret” about crime in Tonga. For doing so, Cleo Paskal categorizes crime into three sections: transnational crime, crime in Tonga with direct links back to China, and crime within the Chinese community in Tonga.

The Pacific Islands in Chinese Geo‐strategic Thinking (National Center of Oceania Studies)

The Pacific Islands in Chinese Geo‐strategic Thinking – Yu Chang Sen “Traditionally, the Pacific islands only play a marginal role in Chinese geostrategic thinking simply because they are small states far afield geographically. Yet, during the context of China’s rise and the changing architecture of international politics in the Asia-Pacific, the geostrategic importance of Pacific islands, in line with the significant economic implication often discussed, has become increasingly pronounced accordingly.” Yu Chang Sen (2015): “The Pacific Islands in Chinese Geo‐strategic Thinking”. National Center of Oceania Studies : China.

The New Pacific Diplomacy (Australian National University)

The New Pacific Diplomacy – Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte «Since 2009 there has been a fundamental shift in the way that the Pacific Island states engage with regional and world politics. The region has experienced, what Kiribati President Anote Tong has aptly called, a ‘paradigm shift’ in ideas about how Pacific diplomacy should be organised, and on what principles it should operate. Many leaders have called for a heightened Pacific voice in global affairs and a new commitment to establishing Pacific Island control of this diplomatic process. This change in thinking has been expressed in the establishment of new […]

European Union Development Strategy in the Pacific (European Parliament)

European Union Development Strategy in the Pacific – Camilla Borrevik, Tony Crook, Edvard Hviding and Craig Lind “Development contexts and cooperative partnerships in the Pacific region are uneven, multi-layered and challenging. Pacific people’s livelihoods are intimately connected to globally significant terrestrial and oceanic natural resources, and are increasingly under pressure. Collective interests in the Pacific create a development context in which local concerns ultimately take priority. As the second largest donor of development assistance to the region, the EU’s interests and activities in the Pacific are highly significant and hold important potential going forward.” Borrevik, Camilla, Tony Crook, Edvard Hviding […]

Politics, Development and Security in Oceania (Australian National University)

Politics, Development and Security in Oceania – David Hegarty and Darrell Tryon “A ‘power shift’ was the description applied by strategic affairs specialist, Professor Hugh White of The Australian National University, in which as Asia’s ‘strategic plates shift’ a new Asian power balance arises requiring all states to negotiate a relationship with China. (…) Within the Pacific Islands region itself these ‘power shifts’ and their geo-strategic and security implications in the broad Asia-Pacific region have not gone unnoticed – nor have they been without some impact. China’s rise to international prominence had led also to an increased Chinese official interest and […]