Climate change is the single greatest challenge faced by Pacific Island countries (PICs) (PIF Secretariat 2018:10). Unsurprisingly, the battle against climate change has been placed at the heart of PICsâ€™ national policies. As Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Dame Meg Taylor stated, â€˜the highest priority for our region is climate change mitigation and adaptationâ€™. Climate change has become a thorny issue in Australia-Pacific relations as PICs accuse their largest donor of falling short of the regionâ€™s expectations on addressing climate change. In contrast, the Pacificâ€™s second largest donor â€” China â€” has seemingly been under less pressure, although it remains the worldâ€™s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Given these circumstances, this In Brief discusses Chinaâ€™s climate change aid to the Pacific and highlights that Chinaâ€™s various forms of commitments are set to continue, although they are not the highest priority for the government.
|Journal||Department of Pacific Affairs|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|