How has the Growing Rift in Oceania enabled China’s Rise in the Region?
Amit Kumar

This paper seeks to investigate the factors that allowed China to emerge as a major player in the Oceania. The paper argues that the traditional powers in the region, the ANZUS, have viewed the region predominantly through the geostrategic lens and in the process, have ignored the core concerns of the Pacific States and instead securitized the region driven by their narrow strategic goals, creating a vacuum and a readymade ground for China to step up and assume a gradually increasing influential role in the region with relative ease and without any credible resistance. The Pacific states, driven by their antipathy towards the ANZUS powers have sought to welcome China’s presence and arrival in the region as necessary and legitimate.

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