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Rudd said Australia must once again become the international champion of the South Pacific nations: ‘The so-called 'Pacific step-up’ is hollow.‘ Lukas Coch/AAP

Kevin Rudd urges Australia to reduce its economic dependence on China

Launching journalist Peter Hartcher's Quarterly Essay, Red Flag: Waking up to China's challenge, Rudd said “we have become too China-dependent. We need to diversify further".
Scott Morrison has heavily promoted his government’s ‘Pacific Step Up’, but it hasn’t invested the requisite funds to support the initiative diplomatically. Darren England/AAP

Australia is spending less on diplomacy than ever before – and its influence is suffering as a result

New research shows that funding for DFAT has hit a new low of 1.3% of the federal budget. Scaling back has a real effect on Australia's influence around the world.
Pacific leaders don’t want to talk about China’s rising influence – they want Scott Morrison to make a firm commitment to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Can Scott Morrison deliver on climate change in Tuvalu – or is his Pacific ‘step up’ doomed?

It's becoming increasingly obvious that Australia's inability – or refusal – to take firmer action on climate change is undermining its entire 'Pacific step-up'.
China is broadcasting to more than 1 billion people in several different languages, while Australia sits on its soft power reviews. Screenshot/YouTube

As Australia’s soft power in the Pacific fades, China’s voice gets louder

Soft power is a country's ability to gain influence through attraction. Australia's soft power in the Pacific began waning when it axed the Australia Network in 2014. And China is filling the gap.

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