China’s influence in the South Pacific has considerably increased over the past years. Continuously it extended its diplomatic presence and cooperation related to development policy. Are these indicators for a maturing new world power that might claim a leading role on the global level?
In HSFK-Report 9/2009 China im Südpazifik: Kein neuer Hegemon am Horizont (China in the South Pacific: No new hegemon on the horizon) Roland Seib explores the reasons for China’s commitment in the South Pacific, reassesses the validity of the postulated policy of non-interference and investigates the alleged independence of the Chinese development cooperation. He also examines whether China might become a threat for the security architecture in the South Pacific.