India Foundation hosted the 88th India Foundation Dialogue on March 22, 2023 at India Foundation office, New Delhi. The Dialogue was addressed by Ms. Cleo Paskal, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). The session was chaired by Capt. Alok Bansal (Retd.), Director, India Foundation. The session was themed ‘China, Taiwan and the Pacific Islands’ and was attended by eminent dignitaries based in the National Capital Region. The speaker, in her lecture, shed light on the geopolitical significance of the Pacific Islands to the Indian Ocean and larger Indo-Pacific region. She highlighted China’s increasing hold and influence on the Pacific Island countries and the former’s attempts to extend its hegemony over the region. She also highlighted how India was uniquely positioned and better suited to counter Chinese influence in the region as compared to the Western world.