A US Coast Guard vessel. Photo: Handout

US Coast Guard looks to bolster Pacific allegiances as Chinese clout grows

  • Highest-ranking officer Admiral Karl Schultz says American assistance at sea is an ‘alternative to chequebook diplomacy’
  • Intensified focus on the region comes after multiple Pacific island nations established diplomatic ties with Beijing in the past two months
Topic |   US-China relations

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A US Coast Guard vessel. Photo: Handout
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in Beijing in April. Photo: EPA

Chinese loans pose ‘clear risks’ to stability of Pacific nations, Australian think tank warns

  • In a new study, the influential Lowy Institute found that allegations China was engaging in ‘debt-trap’ diplomacy were overblown
  • But it warned that Pacific nations risk borrowing too much and leaving themselves dangerously exposed to demands from Beijing
Topic |   Pacific nations

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in Beijing in April. Photo: EPA
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