Category Archives : China


Future of Australia-Fiji Relations: An Interview with Jenny Hayward-Jones 1

In December 2007, you wrote of the importance of Australia taking leadership in governance and diplomacy, and the value of demonstrating respect in relations with Melanesia. In that article, you were particularly referencing progress in relations between Australia-Solomon Islands and Australia-Papua New Guinea. Therein, you claimed there is a need for Australia to match extensive […]


The Pacific Island Development Forum Beyond ANZUS (Greg Poling)

Both Japan and South Korea have major interests in the Pacific Islands. How does the PIDF affect Japan and South Korea’s interests in the region? And, with the rising influence of China across the region, do you think that they should consider modifying their own approach to development aid to Pacific Island Countries? I don’t […]


The Reality of America’s Pacific Pivot

Prepared Remarks by Mr. Mark Tokola Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of the United States in London Before the Spring Ambassador Speaking Series Pacific Islands Society at SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 28 May 2013   Thank you very much for that gracious introduction, Keiko, and thank you all for your […]


Time for Australia to Rethink Chinese Influence in Pacific Islands

The 2013 Australian Defense White Paper (DWP) has left pundits scratching their heads rather than their favorite itch—could it really be that ‘the China threat’ is more puff and magic than an actual dragon at the doorstep? Abstraction aside, the new DWP’s focus on security in Australia’s “near neighborhood” should give pause to policy hawks obsessed with the […]


Security Challenges in the West Philippine Sea

Prepared Remarks by His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo Ambassador to the Court of St. James Republic of the Philippines Before the Spring Ambassador Speaking Series Pacific Islands Society at SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 15 May 2013 “Security Challenges in the West Philippine Sea” [Revised 26 May 2013]   The Philippines is […]