IB 2019/10 Chinese and Taiwanese Scholarships for Pacific Island Countries

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Denghua Zhang, Jessica Marinaccio

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Diplomatic competition between the People’s Republic of China (hereafter ‘China’) and the Republic of China (hereafter ‘Taiwan’) has revived since 2016. The Pacific is a main battlefield as six of Taiwan’s 17 diplomatic allies are from the region. Because providing scholarships to Pacific island countries (PICs) is a significant part of public diplomacy for China and Taiwan, this paper compares scholarship schemes of the two sides.

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