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Ominous breaking news coming out of Myanmar

By Romain Caillaud, principal of the consulting firm SIPA Partners and a researcher associated with the Singaporean think tank ISEAS. Ominous breaking news coming out of Myanmar: Ten years

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Memo – China, the South Pacific and contemporary geopolitics


Table ronde n°15 de l’Observatoire Chine, 25 janvier 2017, avec le Pr. Anne-Marie Brady (Wilson Center, Washington DC / University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

There is a sense of crisis in the Pacific Ocean, as the level of China’s ambitions have reached that of the United States (US), and can be compared to the maritime expansion of the US in the 19th century, or of Spain in the 16th century. In this context, the fourteen Pacific island countries, which are micro-states with sizeable maritime territories, are highly prone to future conflicts. Although the Pacific is rather low in China’s priorities, China remains a major player with economic, political, security and strategic interests in the region.

  • An involvement driven by the competition for diplomatic recognition
  • China’s rise in the South Pacific: “A perfect storm”
  • China’s aid policy to the Pacific
  • China’s Pacific diplomacy
  • Outcome for the interests of other major players in the South Pacific
  • Questions and Answers