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21 September 2018


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Philip Fitzpatrick

No doubt the Chinese will dam the Purari Robert and then sell the electricity to Australia (and PNG).

Robert Muka

Currently, the details surrounding PNG - China loan deals are shrouded in secrecy. If there is anything to learn from countries who had defaulted on their loans such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Zambia, Australia should not only move in with DF but also infrastructure development initiatives such as hydropower development of the Karimui /Purai hydroelectric power to secure its future clean power and water before Chinese take a foothold in PNG affecting Australia territorial boundaries.

Will Self

Did I just hear a stable door slamming?

Jeremy Smythe

No doubt Australian soldiers and military equipment will be transported to PNG from the port of Darwin, which Australia has already sold to a Chinese government-owned company.

And now we are worried about Manus becoming a Chinese entity after we gave away our own strategic Northern Territory harbour/military base?

Great planning! What a hoot.

Dr Momia Teariki-Tautea

Australia, after its rapid exit at Independence and its subsequent attempts at aid assistance, mainly boomerang aid, benefiting its consultants rather than solid tangible on ground development ("manpower development" they called it) is now spurred into showing more interest in PNG because of China's massive development assistance.

The lame excuse is Afghanistan.

PNG politicians have always kowtowed to Australia and for what reason? Haven't we learned from experience?

After independence, PNG's public service running basic services, maintenance and improvement of the little infrastructure left as a legacy by its former colonial manager, basically ground to suboptimal levels.

Now Australia wants to have a military presence in PNG! How about building roads, wharfs, schools and "real" tangible physical infrastructure and providing real neeed services?

There are many of us who grew up, and schooled during the colonial days that have a broader perspective of what' Australia needs to do.

Ask us, not your "advisors " with superficial understanding of our needs and fail to respect cultural protocol.

Peter Sandery

At last the penny has appeared to have dropped in Canberra about Chinese influence in PNG specifically and the Pacific in general. To my mind it was always a race as to whom would be the first to help re-develop the Manus naval establishment - China, Australia or India, the dark horse in the new great race for the Pacific.

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