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Denghua Zhang

The Australian National University

Dr Denghua Zhang is a research fellow at ANU’s Department of Pacific Affairs. His research areas include Asian powers in the Pacific, international relations, and development studies.

Articles by Denghua Zhang

Geopolitics

Chinese Waves: The Limits to Beijing’s Influence in the South Pacific

Thursday, May 2, 2019

China’s engagement with the states of the South Pacific Ocean has accelerated in recent years. But while policymakers and academics in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island states increasingly talk about China’s growing influence, Beijing actually operates in the region under a number of constraints and there are limits on the role it can play.