Influence pushes will destabilise Pacific Islands
Friday, June 21, 2019
Foreign interventions and influence in the Asia-Pacific.
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.
- 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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