Influence pushes will destabilise Pacific Islands

Friday, June 21, 2019

Subject

Foreign interventions and influence in the Asia-Pacific.

Significance

Acting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South-east Asia Patrick Murphy warned last month that “heavy-handed” tactics by China to prise Pacific island nations from Taiwan’s diplomatic embrace may destabilise the region.

Impacts

  • Increasing economic and security pressures will put severe strains on social and political systems.
  • Unregulated migration will cause economic dislocation and sow discord in tribal communities.
  • Australia and New Zealand will increase their engagement with the region, particularly at a security level.
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