publication . Article . 2014

New flags, upward forces and sheltered harbours: The new ‘Great Game’ in the Pacific Islands region

Kowasch, Matthias; Lindenmann, Peter;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2014 Journal: Pacific Geographies (issn: 2196-1468, eissn: 2199-9104, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pazifische Studien e.V.
The centre of the global economy and the US-geostrategic focus seem to be shifting to the Asia-Pacific region. The present paper deals with the role of Pacific Island states in this new ‘Great Game’ between China and Western powers. Pacific Island states have a long tradition in building non-confrontational and open ties with rival powers. While only four countries in the Pacific have known mineral resources, others depend mainly on tourism, fisheries and remittances. China is interested in the vast mineral resources in the Pacific Island region, visible in increasing investment. Nevertheless, Australia remains the principal economic and key security partner for...
free text keywords: new Great Game, Pacific Island states, China, development aid, EEZ, mining industry, independence movements, Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, G, Social sciences and state - Asia (Asian studies only), H53
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