Graeme Smith


The wisdom of Solomons: Taiwan and China’s Pacific power play

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare offers an insight on the whys and why nots of diplomatic recognition.

Where the Blue Pacific meets the Belt and Road

Pacific islands are navigating their own route between big-power plans, writes Graeme Smith.

In Vanuatu, it's he says, Xi says

Is there any basis to all this base talk? On the Australian side, everyone from the prime minister down expresses “great concern” about a Chinese military installation in Vanuatu.

Duchesses and Overlords

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Maurice Newman share a deep suspicion of China’s intentions in the Pacific. Graeme Smith argues that the reality doesn’t match their claims.

China in the Pacific: a question of influence

Exaggerated fears about China’s intentions reflect a misunderstanding of what’s happening in the region, writes Graeme Smith.