Oceania: American Samoa / Australia / Cook Islands / Easter Island / Federated States of Micronesia / Fiji / French Polynesia / Kiribati / Marshall Islands / Nauru / New Caledonia / New Zealand / Niue /
Norfolk Island / Palau / Papua / Papua New Guinea / Samoa / Solomon Islands / Tonga / Tuvalu / West Papua / Vanuatu
China's economic clout in the Pacific is clearly growing, as its recent poaching of Taiwan allies has demonstrated. The US has expanded military activity to counter this, but it's not certain it can sustain the necessary partnerships.
The country's isolated Northern Territory, long dependent on Asian neighbours for prosperity, is now laying out the welcome mat for Beijing's global trade strategy.
President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Solomon Islands is "a good thing that conforms to the trend of the times and benefits the people of both countries".
China and Kiribati formally resumed diplomatic relations on Friday, after the central Pacific island country severed the so-called “diplomatic ties” with the Taiwan on September 20.
Kiribati and Solomon Islands switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the People's Republic of China is about more than the Chinese Communist Party's relentless campaign to isolate Taiwan.