CSC Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Graeme Smith on China's grant to the Cook Island

7 March 2012

A three million dollar Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement was signed recently between Australia and China. This grant from China will likely be put to the Cook Island's National Sustainable Development Plan, which raises some question over China's growing influence in the pacific.

CSC Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Graeme Smith commented to the ABC Radio that, "The Pacific looms decidedly not large on the radar of people in Beijing, often who is pushing it is contracting companies that have based themselves in the Pacific." he said, "So it's often pushed, rather not from the top down, but from the bottom up."

To listen to the whole interview, pleaseclick here.