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The China Alternative - Book Launch and Panel Discussion

PLEASE NOTE: This event is a hybrid event and will take place both, in-person as well as online.

Statecraft on the Belt and Road: investigating China’s Grand Strategy in Melanesia

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious Chinese program to influence global affairs through geoeconomics. Since its inception in 2013, it has become fundamental to understanding China’s grand strategy. Eight years later the BRI has over 145 member countries, many of whom seek infrastructure development. This pre-submission seminar by Pete Connolly examines changes in Chinese statecraft across Timor-Leste, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, since the introduction of the BRI in 2018 and 2019.

China now likely to call America’s bluff over Taiwan

The future of Taiwan, important though that is in itself, has become the focus of something much bigger – the strategic contest between America and China over which of them will be the primary strategic power in East Asia over the decades ahead.

US distracted while Moscow and Beijing cosy up

The tense situation in US relations with Russia over the mass­ing of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border and with China over an increasingly militarily threatened Taiwan confronts a domestically distracted America with the prospect of conflicts on two separate fronts.

IB 2021/33 Pacific Regionalism: Opportunities and Challenges

For five decades, Pacific Island countries have used regionalism as a main vehicle to promote development and security.

IB 2021/31 Ain’t No Sunshine when Xi’s Gone: What’s behind China’s Declining Aid to the Pacific?

The much-awaited update to the Pacific Aid Map showed a sharp drop in China’s 2019 aid spend in the Pacific, despite the pressing development needs presented by COVID-19.

IB 2021/21 China–Pacific Tourism Engagement: Opportunities and Challenges

Tourism is a pillar industry in the Pacific, contributing 11.1 per cent of the region’s GDP, or US$3.8 billion, and creating 131,010 jobs in 2018 (South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) 2019:3).

Recording now live: Research-Policy Nexus: New Developments about Pacific Studies in China

On 5th August, Department of Pacific Affairs hosted a seminar by Dr Denghua Zhang called 'Research-Policy Nexus: New Developments about Pacific Studies in China'

Afghanistan: China’s Critical Jigsaw Piece

With the situation in Afghanistan fast unravelling, China will be keen to become the main external player to replace the Americans. But it won’t be plain sailing for Beijing.

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