Distinct from the literature, this paper uses Chinaâ€™s official definition of â€˜core interestsâ€™ as a benchmark to examine three aspects of Chinaâ€™s diplomacy in the Pacific: main interests, means to safeguard interests, and the implications for regional powers. It argues that the â€˜One Chinaâ€™ policy outweighs the other aspects of Chinaâ€™s core interests in the region. China has pursued its interests in the Pacific by three main means: visit diplomacy, economic leverage and its policy of non-interference. Though China has built stronger trade relations with the Pacific region, it still lags behind regional powers in many other aspects.
|Publication status||Published - 2017|