War with China update:
Chinese "phishing" the South Pacific
There are several reasons for the high-profile Chinese interest in the South Pacific.
- "dollar diplomacy" - Part of Beijing's efforts to regain control of Taiwan is to isolate the island breakaway province cum sovereign nation diplomatically, culturally and economically.
- natural resources - China's need to gain access to the resource-rich Pacific nations is no different than Imperial Japanese need 50 years ago. Granted, China has a vast resource base to utilize that Imperial Japan never had, but China already imports a growing amount of natural resources to feed its hungry economy.
- Countering American influence in the region is critical if China should ever get into a conflict with the US. Having demonstrable influence with Pacific Island nations takes the "unfettered" out of the US Navy's unfettered global access, particularly throughout the Pacific. Merely having the capability to constrain and harass US Navy operations in the Pacific dramatically raises the cost for America, whilst costing the Chinese little.
- From the CNN article:By securing the allegiance of South Pacific nations, China could effectively create a large voting bloc in the United Nations and other international organizations where each country was given a vote, regardless of its size.