The Pacific | Beijing's great game to win over Pacific's small island states

Beijing’s great game to win over Pacific’s small island states

Deploying classic tactics – leverage via investment, tourism, diplomacy and political funding – Beijing is winning the strategic competition with Washington across the west and northern Pacific

September 7, 2018 2:22 PM (UTC+8)
Meg Taylor, left, secretary-general of the Pacific Island Forum, and Nauru's President Baron Waqa, right, attend the 'Small Islands States' meeting ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum on Nauru on Sept 3. Talks at the 18-nation Forum have focused on the threat from climate change and China's rising influence in the region. Photo: AFP / Mike Leyral
Meg Taylor, left, secretary-general of the Pacific Island Forum, and Nauru's President Baron Waqa, right, attend the 'Small Islands States' meeting ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum on Nauru on Sept 3. Talks at the 18-nation Forum have focused on the threat from climate change and China's rising influence in the region. Photo: AFP / Mike Leyral