"One country dominates the Pacific’s resources extraction.
Guardian analysis of trade data has revealed that China received more than half
the total tonnes of seafood, wood and minerals exported from the region in
2019, a haul worth $3.3bn that has been described by experts as “staggering in
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
In 2019 China imported 4.8m tonnes of wood, 4.8m tonnes of mineral products,
and 72,000 tonnes of seafood from the Pacific.
The next single largest customer for the Pacific’s extractive resources was
Japan, which imported 4.1m tonnes of minerals – mostly petroleum - 370,000
tonnes of wood and 24,000 tonnes of seafood. Australia imported 600,000 tonnes
of minerals, 5,000 tonnes of wood and 200 tonnes of seafood."
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "china is destroying the natural world"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics