Chinaâ€™s rise in the Pacific has brought the region into the limelight, but research into the views of Chinese scholars of Pacific Studies is limited. Building on a survey and interviews of 39 Chinese scholars, this article analyses Chinaâ€™s motives, influence, and prospects in the Pacific. It finds out that Chinese scholars list Chinaâ€™s diplomatic strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative, and economic interests as the three main causes of Chinaâ€™s Pacific diplomacy. The majority of these scholars rate the performance of Chinaâ€™s Pacific diplomacy as pass/average. Most Chinese scholars are cautiously optimistic about the Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific, and they expect China to both compete and cooperate with traditional powers in the Pacific in the foreseeable future. Some of these scholarsâ€™ views on issues like the Chinaâ€“Taiwan diplomatic competition and the impact of Chinese aid on local corruption contradict the official Chinese line strikingly.