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Australian Foreign Affairs Essay review – Sea of many flags

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The seventeenth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the growing rivalry and increasing tension in the Pacific as it becomes a stage for a great-power contest to gain influence and a strategic position in the region.

Girt by China looks at the challenges for Australia as it seeks to strengthen ties with Pacific island countries and to counter moves by China to extend its reach into the waters off northern Australia.

Rory Medcalf, in his essay, ‘Sea of many flags: A Pacific way to dilute China’s influence’, analyses China’s increasing presence in the Pacific and calls for Australia to coordinate an international effort to ensure the region is not dominated by Beijing.

We also speak to Professor Medcalf on the recent AUKUS announcement on Australia’s acquisition of nuclear submarines and the potential response or concerns from Pacific nations.

Recorded on 17 March, 2023

Our previous interview with Prof Medcalf is available here –…

Link to AFA17 – February 2023 – AFA17 – February 2023 Girt by China – Power play in the Pacific https://www.australianforeignaffairs….

Link to Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China Won’t Map the Future…

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