The Pacific Islands In China's Grand Strategy: Small States, Big Games

Hardcover | November 3, 2011

byJ. Yang

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China’s influence in the South Pacific is growing rapidly. What are the main driving forces behind China’s policy toward the region? Should the West be concerned? Why are there so many myths, misperceptions, and unsubstantiated assertions about China’s growing influence? Where does discussion of China’s presence in the South Pacific fit in the broader debate on China? This book--the first single-authored book on Chinese policy toward the South Pacific--answers these questions. It examines Chinese engagement with the region in the context of China’s grand strategy, drawing on extensive Chinese sources and interviews with policymakers and community leaders.

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China’s influence in the South Pacific is growing rapidly. What are the main driving forces behind China’s policy toward the region? Should the West be concerned? Why are there so many myths, misperceptions, and unsubstantiated assertions about China’s growing influence? Where does discussion of China’s presence in the South Pacific fi...

Jian Yang is a senior lecturer in International Relations, director of the China Studies Centre of the New Zealand Asia Institute, and associate dean (postgraduate) of the Arts Faculty at the University of Auckland. He is also chairman of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and an associate editor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:November 3, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230113230

ISBN - 13:9780230113237

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Table of Contents

China’s Growing Involvement in the South Pacific * The Evolving Regional Order in the South Pacific * China’s Security Concerns and Grand Strategy * The Taipei-Beijing Diplomatic Rivalry * China in Fiji: Displacing Traditional Players? * Interactions with Australia and New Zealand: Balancing Interests * China’s World Wide Web: Overseas Chinese in the South Pacific * Pacific Islands in China’s Grand Strategy * Appendix 1: Official Visits between PRC, Taiwan and Pacific Island Countries * Appendix 2: Trade between Pacific Island Countries and Selected Economies * Appendix 3: Australian Net ODA Disbursements to the South Pacific * Appendix 4: New Zealand’s Net ODA Disbursements to the South Pacific

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"The Pacific Islands in China’s Grand Strategy: Small States, Big Games makes timely, original contributions to the literature on China’s growing political and economic influence in the developing world. The book examines both China’s grand strategy or geopolitical objectives and its engagement in the Pacific Island region. The author has made excellent use of Chinese, Taiwanese, US, Australian, and other sources, integrates the information well, and provides original research and analysis in several important areas, including China’s grand strategy, the China-Taiwan diplomatic rivalry in the Pacific, and the history of China and Chinese in the region." - Thomas Lum, specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress