China and small-island developing states

Richard L. Bernal


China in recent years has dramatically increased its economic
involvement with the global economy and expanded and consolidated its
diplomatic and political ties across the world. China’s actions are
prompted by an amalgam of economic, political and security motives.
This escalation and intensification of engagement is to be expected from
an emerging superpower like China. The country’s expanding reach has
encompassed relations with small island developing states (SIDS), which
some find to be an enigma given their apparently marginal if not
irrelevant significance to a global superpower. For many developed
countries and large developing countries, relations with small island
developing states are an unavoidable inconvenience, which should entail
minimal time and resources. Yet

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