Emerging players

Emerging players

Conventional wisdom has it that China’s influence in the Pacific is steadily increasing, and at Australia’s expense. It is important to question and test assumptions about growing and declining influence, and to understand these issues at a granular level. DPA researchers are continuing their research on the reality of China’s interaction with the Pacific and on Indonesia’s growing diplomatic engagement in the Pacific.

SSGM In Brief

IB2017/14 Pacific Island Countries, China & Sustainable Development Goals Part 1: Making the Most of Chinese Aid

This In Brief is the first in a four-part series that aims to enrich the debate on PICs–China development cooperation on SDGs and build on my recent report for the United Nations Development Programme in China. It...

SSGM In Brief

IB2017/18 Pacific Island Countries, China & Sustainable Development Goals Part 2: The Belt and Road Initiative

This In Brief is the second in a series that discusses China’s role in supporting Pacific island countries (PICs) to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While Part 1 broadly discussed how PICs...

SSGM In Brief

IB2017/22 Pacific Island Countries, China & Sustainable Development Goals Part 3: Chinese Scholarships in the Pacific

This In Brief is the third in a four-part series that explores China’s development cooperation with Pacific island countries (PICs) according to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The previous two...

DPA In Brief

IB2017/26 Industry Guidelines for Chinese Mining Companies Abroad: Paper Tigers?

This In Brief discusses two sets of industry guidelines published by the Chinese government for Chinese companies investing in overseas mining projects. In the Pacific, these guidelines apply to seven mining projects...

DPA In Brief

IB2017/35 Examining Border-Crossers at the Indonesia–PNG Border Post in Skouw, Jayapura, Papua

This In Brief describes a recent, localised pilot study on the Skouw border post in Jayapura, Indonesia. The study, undertaken to shed light on the reasons why residents of Indonesia and PNG cross the border, could...

DPA In Brief

IB2017/39 Pacific Island Countries, China & Sustainable Development Goals Part 4: Realising Opportunities in Agriculture

This In Brief is the last in a four-part series that explores China’s development cooperation with Pacific island countries (PICs) on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The previous three parts focused on...

DPA In Brief

IB2017/40 The New Caledonian Referendum on Independence Part 1: Historical Origins

In November 2018, the territorial community of New Caledonia will determine whether to become an independent state or remain under French sovereignty. With less than one year to the vote, there are details yet to be...

DPA In Brief Series

IB2018/07 The New Caledonian Referendum on Independence (Part 2): The Vote

This In Brief outlines the main aspects of the referendum on independence in New Caledonia, officially called the ‘consultation on the exit of the Noumea Accord’. It considers the referendum question, its timing and...

DPA in Brief

IB 2018/11 China’s Growing Interest in Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific

China’s growing engagement with the Pacific region has attracted policy and academic attention in the past decade. Its involvement in deep sea mining in the region is an exception and remains poorly understood....

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IB 2018/16 The New Caledonian Referendum on Independence (Part 3): Key Issues

On 4 November 2018, eligible New Caledonian voters will participate in a referendum on whether the territory will become independent from France. President Emmanuel Macron made his first visit to the territory on 3–5...

Discussion Paper

DP 2018/03: New Caledonia and Bougainville: Towards a New Political Status?

Over the next few years, major political — and possibly constitutional — changes can be expected in two of Australia’s closest neighbours, as New Caledonia and Bougainville move towards a new political status. Both...

Discussion Paper

DP 2018/06 China, India and Japan in the Pacific: Latest Developments, Motivations and Impact

This paper will examine 3 questions 1) what are the latest engagements of China, Japan and India with the Pacific region? 2) What are their motives? 3) How have they impacted the region? The time frame of this...

Discussion Paper

DP 2018/08 Exploring the Kanak Vote on the Eve of New Caledonia’s Independence Referendum

The referendum of self-determination in New Caledonia will take place on 4 November 2018. Sought by the pro-independence cause since the 1980s, successive political agreements —Matignon-Oudinot in 1988, then Noumea...

IB 2018/21 - The US’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: Implications for Pacific Island Countries

The Indo-Pacific strategy is the Trump administration’s new policy on the region. Though its details remain unclear, this In Brief discusses the strategy’s nature and its implications for Pacific Island countries (...

IB 2018/23 Chinese Concessional Loans Part 1 — Perceptions and Misperceptions

Concessional loans account for more than half of Chinese foreign aid (China State Council 2014) and are currently in the spotlight. The Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy

In Brief

IB 2018/25 China International Import Expo: A New Opportunity for Pacific States?

This In Brief looks at the trade relationship between China and the 14 Pacific Island countries (PICs) and argues that while China’s exports to the region have grown more steadily than its imports over the past...

IB 2018/29 Chinese Concessional Loans Part 2 — Pacific Indebtedness

This In Brief is the second of a two-part series on Chinese concessional loans. The first paper discusses the nature of the loan schemes and three common misperceptions. This paper focuses on two aspects: (1) the...

In Brief

IB 2018/30 Chinese Evacuation Operations Part 1: A New Consideration for the Pacific

The increasing number of Chinese citizens living, working and travelling abroad as part of China’s rise has created an obligation for the People’s Republic of China to protect them. This is particularly the case in...

IB 2018/31 Chinese Evacuation Operations Part 2: A New Narrative

As China’s security posture and foreign policy become more assertive, stories about evacuation operations message these capabilities to the Chinese population and to the world. Chinese war movies in recent years have...

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