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Encountering ‘Sainaman’: Friction and Friendship at a PNG Mining Project

Please note: This is a hybrid event and will also be available on Zoom.

Speaker: Shaun Gessler, PhD Candidate, DPA

What does China’s increasing economic engagement in the Pacific mean for Pacific Island communities? Shaun Gessler’s anthropology thesis investigates the relationship between the Chinese majority-run Ramu Nickel Cobalt project – China’s largest investment in the Pacific to date – and the indigenous communities on whose land the project is located.

IB 2022/13 How the China Card is Played in New Caledonia

As China’s international profile grows, debates over Chinese influence occupy a significant role in New Caledonian politics, as elsewhere.

The China Alternative - Book Launch and Panel Discussion

PLEASE NOTE: This event is a hybrid event and will take place both, in-person as well as online.

Statecraft on the Belt and Road: investigating China’s Grand Strategy in Melanesia

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious Chinese program to influence global affairs through geoeconomics. Since its inception in 2013, it has become fundamental to understanding China’s grand strategy. Eight years later the BRI has over 145 member countries, many of whom seek infrastructure development. This pre-submission seminar by Pete Connolly examines changes in Chinese statecraft across Timor-Leste, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, since the introduction of the BRI in 2018 and 2019.

IB 2021/33 Pacific Regionalism: Opportunities and Challenges

For five decades, Pacific Island countries have used regionalism as a main vehicle to promote development and security.

IB 2021/31 Ain’t No Sunshine when Xi’s Gone: What’s behind China’s Declining Aid to the Pacific?

The much-awaited update to the Pacific Aid Map showed a sharp drop in China’s 2019 aid spend in the Pacific, despite the pressing development needs presented by COVID-19.

IB 2021/21 China–Pacific Tourism Engagement: Opportunities and Challenges

Tourism is a pillar industry in the Pacific, contributing 11.1 per cent of the region’s GDP, or US$3.8 billion, and creating 131,010 jobs in 2018 (South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) 2019:3).

Recording now live: Research-Policy Nexus: New Developments about Pacific Studies in China

On 5th August, Department of Pacific Affairs hosted a seminar by Dr Denghua Zhang called 'Research-Policy Nexus: New Developments about Pacific Studies in China'

Research-Policy Nexus: New Developments about Pacific Studies in China

This presentation is part of the DPA seminar series

Research on China’s diplomacy and other activities in the Pacific has grown in recent years. What is less discussed is the rapid development of Pacific Studies and related activities in China. Based on the author’s original research, this seminar will discuss these developments and focus on the research-policy nexus.

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