AFA17: Girt by China

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What challenges does Australia face as the world's great powers battle for a foothold in the Pacific?

The latest 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 Canberra 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.

Essays include:
· Great games: The new battle for the Pacific
· Island diplomacy: China's growing Pacific reach
· Northern exposure: How to defend Australia's maritime approaches
· Next deal: Inside Beijing's bid to sign new Pacific pacts
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