CHINA & GEOPOLITICS IN OCEANIA
Dr. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka
Department of Pacific Islands Studies
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Oceania has become the site of increasing geopolitical competition between China and the US and its allies. In the past decade, China’s influence in the Pacific Islands has increased dramatically. Western countries are pushing back. Meanwhile, Pacific Island countries attempt to make sense of these renewed interests and negotiate relationships in an era of intense geopolitical competition. This talk will examine China’s rising influence, Western reactions, and Pacific Islands responses.
Dr. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He earned his PhD from the Australian National University and undergraduate and MA degrees from the University of the South Pacific (USP). In recent years, his research and publications focus on geopolitics, especially China’s growing influence in Oceania. Dr. Kabutaulaka is from the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands.
The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 45 years ago. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.