Fintech in the Blue Pacific: Opportunities for Collaboration and Competition

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Abstract: Triggered by China's increased presence in the region in recent years, the U.S., Australia and their allies have shifted greater focus and resources toward geo-strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific. Unwilling to be manipulated into big power politics, Pacific Island leaders have openly criticized this practice of treating the two oceans as a single strategic space and the frequent denial of the agency of Pacific Island nations. Unified under the Pacific Islands Forum, these nations have together set their strategic vision for the future in the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent. Combatting climate change and sustainable development rank highest in priority for these islands on the frontline of sea level rise. Influence in the region will be most determined through careful navigation by the Island nations themselves in leveraging partnerships with new and traditional allies. My research examines the opportunity for fintech to promote sustainable development in the region and as an area for potential collaboration and competition amongst world powers as Sino-US tensions continue to unfold.


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Date created August 27, 2021
Date modified December 5, 2022
Publication date August 27, 2021


Author Yee, Maili
Degree granting institution Stanford University, Stanford Global Studies, Center for East Asian Studies
Thesis advisor Miller, Alice


Subject Stanford Global Studies, East Asian Studies, South Pacific, Pacific, Fintech, Sustainable Development
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