Reading this thread, one thing that come out on my mind. Whether Australia and NZ continous support for Pacific Islanders and Timor Leste, whether Indonesia or some other Asean members like Singapore or Malaysia come to coordinate with Aussie and NZ for supporting Pacific Islanders..there's something that we have to accept that combine Aussie, NZ or Asean can't compete with China..that's sheer Investment that China potentially can provide to the like of Timor Leste, PNG, Fiji, Vanuatu, etc. Look at Timor Leste and PNG. Despite their proximity to Australia, and Australian influences, despite Timor Leste trade dependence to Indonesia on day to day goods..Chinese Business come to them..offering infrastructure Investment that in time neither Australia or Indonesia as immidiate neighbours can compete. That's in reality how China going to buy her influences in to Pacific islanders that in time can reduce traditional influences of Australia and NZ. Unless Aussies, NZ or Asean can provide the 'competting' sheer number of Investment that China 'potentially' can disburse, I only see just in time those Nations will fall in to China spear of influence. We already see what happen to Maldives and Sri Lanka..and besides concern that come from New Dehli, there are limit that India can do..unless India willing to compete with China on Investment and market access. Same thing will happen to Pacific. I know this is defense forum, but in reality to compete the influenses in Melanesian and Polynesian group is comeback to Economics Coercions that so far China willing to provide.