As the United States and China offer competing economic visions for the Pacific, Kalafi Moala examines China's latest initiative following on from its Maritime Silk Route policy, suggesting there may be opportunities for the islands beyond economics.
The United States Multilateral Fisheries Treaty benefitted the United States and not Pacific island governments because the conditions for equity based on resource ownership and appropriate sharing were not considered in the treaty, writes Walter Diamana.
With China's recent muscle flexing for territory in Asia, it's hard to believe that the resource-rich Pacific won’t soon be seeing greater interest from both China and Taiwan, writes Giff Johnson.
What became apparent at the Pohiva-Bainimarama discourse is the setting of a new course in the way Pacific states are willing to carry out diplomatic relations. They are applying the Pacific way in which leaders can dialogue– without necessarily highlighting opposition on matters they differ on, writes Kalafi Moala.