Pacific plunder The $3bn bargain - how China dominates Pacific mining, logging and fishing


by Josh Nicholas

30 May 2021


The country’s mass extraction of resources comes as China has deepened its connections with governments across the region, amid a soft power push that sees it rivalling the influence of the US and Australia in the Pacific.


China took more by weight of these resources from the Pacific than the next 10 countries combined, with experts saying China “would easily outstrip” other countries, including Australia, when it comes to “gross environmental impact of its extractive industries”.


Data analysis reveals the extent of China’s appetite for Pacific natural resources.



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