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17 November 2018


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Murray Bladwell

Have readers noted the not so subtle metaphor in the attached photo of Chinese Premier Xi - his shadow looms large..... Very large!

And the shadow has a shadow.... I mean, how weird is that? - KJ

Philip Kai Morre

China can build Port Moresby while Australians, New Zealand and the USA can build the remote areas of PNG.

Please change your development priorities by supporting the rural population to develop. Directly deal with us because from government to government does not work as it should.

Most of the foreign aid or funds are consumed in Port Moresby and Port Moresby is not PNG.

Philip Fitzpatrick

“In recent years, thanks to the leadership of prime minister Peter O’Neill, the great work of the government, and the industrious and enterprising people of the country, PNG has thrived in national development, and its society has taken on a new look,” said President Xi.

I wonder where he got this information.

If he believes it he is seriously misinformed.

Chris Overland

I laughed rather humourlessly when I read Xi Jinping intoned that "China believes that all countries are equal, regardless of their size."

This is authentic bullshit of the type spouted by Donald Trump, amongst others, when they are trying to reassure humble supplicants (i.e., any other nation) that they are all pals together.

Peter O'Neill and his Pacific colleagues would do well to heed Lord Palmerston (1784-1865), who famously and accurately said that "nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests".

They might also take heed of George Orwell's famous quote from Animal Farm: "All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others".

Finally, they might be instructed by the famous final line that was written upon proclamations by the old Chinese Emperors: "Fear me and tremblingly obey!"

History's lessons are plain enough if anyone bothers to take notice of them.

Barbara Short

I guess the North is Papua New Guinea and the South is Port Moresby.
Yes, there is a big development gap!

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