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Title: Diplomatic Rivalry between Taiwan and the PRC in the South Pacific Islands
Authors: Pheysey, Carlos Brian
Keywords: Oceania;Taiwan;China;aid;diplomacy;investment
Date: 1999-03
Issue Date: 2016-10-05 10:48:10 (UTC+8)
Abstract: The PR C-Taiwan diplomatic rivalry has not spared the South Pacific islands, a region only rarely mentioned within a Western strategy for Asia. This paper argues that the PRC and Taiwan have, since the 1970s, become. players in their own right in Oceania, raising new variables in an uneventful area. Beijing and Taipei have made energetic efforts out of all proportion to draw such tiny islands to either camp. The elusive reasons are dissected herein. Wary of Western hegemony, the region’s leaders have turned to Asia for offers of trade and aid, and have played the PRC and Taiwan against each other. This paper seeks to: explain Being’s and Taipei’s goals in lands that yield seemingly negligible gains; show how such activism has impacted Oceania; determine the region’s perceptions and reactions; portray the relative position of all players; and point out future problems. The study is divided into contentious points crystallized over time: Cold War decolonization and the Chinese/Taiwanese arrival; aid, trade, and investment; fishing disputes; the role of China’s navy; the region’s nuclear-free zone; UN and South Pacific Forum dialogues; and the region ‘s social, economic, environmental, ethnic, and security concerns. The study concludes that the supremacy of Chinese and Taiwanese global commercial considerations aims to demand a specific institutional-geopolitical alignment in Oceania.
Relation: Issues & Studies,35(2),73-104
Data Type: article
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