Pacific Islands in the wake of AUKUS

HMAS Farncomb (Collins class) prepares to berth alongside its home port of Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (CoA / Kylie Jagiello)
HMAS Farncomb (Collins class) prepares to berth alongside its home port of Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (CoA / Kylie Jagiello)

By Kaliopate Tavola

Australia also needs to temper its geopolitics under Indo-Pacific/AUKUS to allow breathing space for PICs to determine their respective China, et al, policies. This would necessarily mean a re-examination of its “deepest, oldest instinct in the South Pacific: strategic denial, striving to exclude other major powers from the region.” This respects the sovereignty of each PIC and honours the solidarity of the collective. Furthermore, the larger familyhood implied by the Vuvale arrangement demands this.

The initial ruckus, brought about by the signing of AUKUS – the new trilateral security pact . . .

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