China’s “Charm Offensive” in the Pacific and Australia’s Regional Order

Hameiri, Shahar (2015) China’s “Charm Offensive” in the Pacific and Australia’s Regional Order. The Pacific Review, 28 5: 631-654. doi:10.1080/09512748.2015.1012542

Author Hameiri, Shahar
Title China’s “Charm Offensive” in the Pacific and Australia’s Regional Order
Journal name The Pacific Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-2748
Publication date 2015-02-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09512748.2015.1012542
Volume 28
Issue 5
Start page 631
End page 654
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Abstract In recent years, a perception has emerged among many policymakers and commentators that the deepening of the People's Republic of China engagement in the Pacific Islands Region, predominantly through its expanding foreign aid programme, threatens to undermine the existing regional order, in which Australia is dominant. In this article, it is argued that China's apparent ‘charm offensive’ in the Pacific is mainly driven by commercial, not political, imperatives and is far more fragmented and incoherent than is often assumed. Hence, its (real) political effects hinge, not on any Chinese strategic designs for regional domination, or even a more limited resource security agenda, but on the intent and capacity of Pacific governments to harness deepening aid, investment and trade relations with China towards their own foreign and domestic policy objectives, which include limiting Australian interference in the internal governance processes of Pacific states. This argument is demonstrated by the case of Fiji after the December 2006 military coup.
Keyword Australian aid and foreign policy
Chinese aid in the Pacific Islands
Pacific Islands Region
Politics of aid
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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