With Eye on China, Japan Ramps Up Pacific Island Security Ties
Writing for World Politics Review, Jonathan Miller, EWI Fellow for the China, East Asia and United States (CEAUS) Program, analyzes Japan's efforts to increase engagement in the South Pacific and keep Chinese influence at bay.
"The South Pacific has become a crowded field for influence with many diplomatic suitors. Japan’s efforts have complemented similar overtures by its key partners. That includes Australia, which has distributed the most foreign aid to the Pacific Islands in the past decade, nearly $7 billion, along with New Zealand, the United States and, to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom and France. But they are not alone, as divergent interests are at play in the Pacific," Miller writes.