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The wisdom of Solomons: Taiwan and China’s Pacific power play
12 Sep 2019
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
15 Mar 2019
Pacific islands are navigating their own route between big-power plans, writes Graeme Smith.
In Vanuatu, it's he says, Xi says
13 Apr 2018
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
16 Jan 2018
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
16 Oct 2017
Exaggerated fears about China’s intentions reflect a misunderstanding of what’s happening in the region, writes Graeme Smith.