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The Proliferation of External Geographies in Oceania: ‘It is Nice to be Relevant’

dc.contributor.authorSzadziewski, Henryk
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-06T02:29:49Z
dc.date.available2021-12-06T02:29:49Z
dc.identifier.issn2209-9557
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/254528
dc.description.abstractOceania has become the subject of a proliferation of new policies towards it by external powers (Smith and Wesley-Smith 2021). The economic presence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a leading factor in the development of these Pacific agendas, opening a new era of uncertain political and economic competition. The arrival of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative in the region has only heightened the strategic anxiety of the US, Australia and other powers. In 2012, and in response to several high-level diplomatic visits to Oceania, then president of Kiribati Anote Tong, remarked wryly, ‘It is nice to be relevant’ (Tong 2012). Given the wide range of Pacific initiatives proposed, his words were also prescient. Within the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), states in Oceania seek to not only diversify relations beyond former and current colonial powers, but also prioritise human security emergencies, such as the climate crisis.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: Dept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Pacific Affairs In Brief series: 2021/34
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subjectGeopolitics
dc.subjectinternational relations
dc.subjectdiplomacy
dc.subjectinternational relations
dc.subjectgeopolitics
dc.subjectregionalism
dc.subjectmultilateralism
dc.subjectgovernance
dc.subjectPacific
dc.subjectOceania
dc.subjectOceans
dc.subjectBlue Pacific
dc.subjectFisheries
dc.subjectTuna Fishing
dc.subjectPacific Diplomacy
dc.titleThe Proliferation of External Geographies in Oceania: ‘It is Nice to be Relevant’
dc.typeJournal article
dc.date.issued2021-12-06
local.publisher.urlhttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn2209-9549
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage2
local.identifier.doi10.25911/0PAP-B181
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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