Australia works on security deal with Vanuatu in bid to counter China’s influence (Reuters)

Australia works on security deal with Vanuatu in bid to counter China’s influence “Australia promised on Monday to bolster the cyber security capability of Vanuatu as it agreed to begin negotiating a security treaty with its Pacific neighbor, ramping up diplomacy in the region to combat China’s rising influence.” Read more: https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKBN1JL0BE-OCATP

Beijing Pushing Taiwan and US Allies out of the Pacific Islands, Says Congressional Report (The Epoch Times)

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 (The Diplomat)

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/

Britain’s new Pacific presence (Lowy Institute)

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

Baseless rumours: why talk of a Chinese military installation in Vanuatu misses the point (The Guardian)

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 (Lowy Institute)

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: Mariana Islands – US Military Strategy ‘On Hold’ (East-West Center)

Asia Pacific Bulletin: Mariana Islands – US Military Strategy ‘On Hold’ – Grant Newsham “CNMI and Guam, both American territories, are strategically important given their locations in the Western Pacific close to Asia. The well‐developed US naval and air facilities on Guam are especially important.” Newsham, Grant. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: Mariana Islands – US Military Strategy ‘On Hold’”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°415). East-West Center : Washington.

Asia Pacific Bulletin: The United States is Losing the Pacific (East-West Center)

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.

A Pacific community will require policy change (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

A Pacific community will require policy change – Nic Maclellan “Australia’s ongoing ties to the Pacific are driven by geography and history. Pacific governments certainly welcome new openings on labour mobility and Australian security support for maritime surveillance, counterterrorism and transnational crime. But on a range of other political and security issues, there are fundamental differences.” Read more: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/pacific-community-will-require-policy-change/

Island networks ‘a risk for intel’ (The Australian)

Island networks ‘a risk for intel’ – Anthony Klan “The Chinese government is funding sensitive computer and communications networks in South Pacific nations, stoking fears that Australian government intelligence could be transmitted directly to Beijing.” Anthony Klan. 2018. “Island networks ‘a risk for intel’”. The Australian