Time to collaborate on Pacific step-up?

By Dr Avery Poole
Updated November 6 2019 - 10:08am, first published November 5 2019 - 4:30am

China's plans to expand relationships with Pacific Island states seem to have accelerated in recent weeks. The Solomon Islands and Kiribati terminated their recognition of Taiwan in September, and in October China signed a new "program of action" on economic development and cooperation with these and six other states in the region. What does this mean for Australia's attempt to "step up" its engagement with Pacific island states?

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