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PNG: China’s pockets are deeper than ours

PNG: China’s pockets are much deeper than ours

China’s expansionism is unrelenting. With a population of 1.379 billion being a greater tax base than Australia’s 25 million, our annual $541 million gift to PNG is mere pocket money to the little shits in Beijing. Hardship and sufferance for the cause is the Communist template. Besides, should a few million Chinese peasants starve to death is a small sacrifice in the pursuit of glory. The only reason the Australian government gives foreign aid is to keep favour and stop others from filling the void. The billions stolen from Australian pensioners is insufficient, the Nation’s pockets are not deep enough—the inevitable is obvious. And so is the next election results!

Papua New Guinea elites have branded Australia’s $541 million-a-year PNG aid program as ­“paternalistic” and overly ­bureaucratic compared with what they say is “more flexible” and “more effective” support from China.

Source: News Corp

China’s more flexible support better than Australia’s, says PNG

In interviews with senior PNG figures, Deakin and Sydney University researchers were told Australia’s influence in PNG had “diminished considerably” amid growing Chinese investment in the region under its Belt and Road Initiative. They heard concerns that Australian aid money “goes back to Australia” in expatriate wages and fees and despite genuine ­affection towards Australia, “there is animosity and anger about being lectured to”.
“Indeed, there was a view presented that while Australian aid was highly accountable and ­funded state institutions to improve governance and address corruption, such aid was highly ­paternalistic. (Australia says) ‘We give you money, you have to spend it this way’,” the researchers said.
The authors spoke to former politicians, public servants, army officers, social activists, financial advisers, university lecturers and students about their views on Australian and Chinese development support.
Chinese aid was considered by all of those interviewed to be primarily spent on infrastructure, with greater discretion for PNG’s leaders over how funds were spent.

“Chinese aid (is) more effective. Chinese aid is unconditional, no strings attached …. The ­government can use this aid more flexibly,” one interviewee said.

There were concerns Chinese development money, much in the form of interest-free and concessional loans, could leave PNG deeply in debt and powerless to resist Chinese ­demands.
Some also worried that Chinese aid had “not trickled down”, and that the line between aid and business investment was blurred when dealing with China.
“Sometimes you wonder if you’re looking at aid-funded ­projects, or just pure commercial activities,” one interviewee said.
The study, to be published in the Journal of Contemporary China, is the first of its kind comparing perceptions of Australian and Chinese aid in the Pacific from the recipients’ point of view.
A version of the paper has been submitted to a parliamentary ­inquiry on the strategic effectiveness of Australian aid.
One of its authors, Deakin University professor Matthew Clarke, said the study showed Australian influence in the region was under threat from China, which was more willing to give political leaders in the Pacific what they wanted.
Professor Clarke said there was a growing sense that “Australia is no longer the only player in town”, and nations like PNG could play big donors off against each other.
The paper said International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells’s attack on China-funded “roads to nowhere” in the Pacific, first reported by The Australian, reflected growing concerns in Australia and elsewhere that the global power balance had shifted in China’s favour.
PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill last week cut the ribbon on a $187 million electrical substation project in Western Highlands Province, funded by China’s Exim Bank. China has allocated the lion’s share of a $2 billion concessional loans facility, announced in 2013, to PNG.
Projects funded under such schemes are usually completed by Chinese contractors.
Australia invested nearly $160m on PNG economic growth projects in 2016-17, and $161m on “human development” initiatives, including health and education programs. Another $113m was spent on “governance” programs to train local public servants.

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  • Cliff 13/06/2018, 6:44 am

    Australian aid to PNG has certainly “gone back to Australia” in the past. Usually into the purses of Gold Coast hookers or the pockets of Cairns real estate agents and property developers as PNG politicans flock here to spend it – on themselves.

    • Pensioner Pete 13/06/2018, 8:51 am

      Nail on Head, direct hit.

      • Botswana O'Hooligan 13/06/2018, 11:27 am

        Yairs, the elite (scum) from PNG own half FNQ. Long ago we used to backload cars from PNG to Cairns, four at a time. The deal was that no tax was payable if the vehicle was over a year old (from memory) so we did a roaring trade up until 1975 and independence thank you very much Gough. Most of the paperwork was bodgied up and many of the (new) cars were owned and sold for the benefit of MS and his mates.

  • luk1955 13/06/2018, 7:36 am

    I certainly get annoyed at listening our Australian “authorities” lecture us at every chance however small. Which describes their intelligence quotient, as they show their complete lack of humanity and concern. So I can see one point of PNG’s reasoning here. Listening to pompous windbags lecture on any subject is creating mental illness in the population. So let’s just take back our PNG aid so that our politicians can increase their already excessive pensions. Because the money will not be returned to the people for our benefit.

  • Clarion Call 13/06/2018, 8:13 am

    Papua New China…..coming to a close sea position near you….soon. Get ready to have a million Chinese army personnel camped on our front doorstep within fifteen years and the native leaders herded back up into the jungles to play with the animals.

    • Eliza 13/06/2018, 9:20 am

      CC you are spot on and I can recall many of the world war generation saying to look to the yellow peril as the wests real enemy in the future.

  • Lorraine 13/06/2018, 9:13 am

    our aid all over the world, seems to end up in just a few hands, that are ever so happy to request more and more.
    We as the pensioners in the nation, are at the bottom of the hand outs, and having worked our whole lives to the betterment of the Country, please die soon, you are such a burden

    • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 9:58 am

      Or, put less eloquently, “Die, you old bastards”.

    • Albert 13/06/2018, 10:09 am

      “. . . having worked our whole lives to the betterment of the Country . . .” Is a claim that the millennials and later generations will be denied.
      Those that want to classify us oldies as dead weights have not the intellectual capacity to understand that their turn is coming and it will fall upon them sooner than they expect. Then, as we say, the boot will be on the other foot.

  • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 10:02 am

    Hey, Stic … I mean, Julie! Tell them Chows to piss off out of our patch. And tell ’em we want Harold Holt back, too.

  • Graham 13/06/2018, 12:20 pm

    I must admit my kids are grown up and have made their own way. They are supportive of us oldies enjoying life and keep saying ‘you can’t take it with you’. My reply is if I can’t take it with me l’m not going.

    • TommyGun 13/06/2018, 3:28 pm

      Good one, Graham!

  • Peter Sandery 13/06/2018, 1:44 pm

    I am disappointed, but not surprised that the “academics” who conducted and reported on this study saw fit to ignore long-term businessmen/women and missionaries in their list of informants as without input from those two sectors who have continued to operate through thick and thin in the country, any such report is plainly lacking a lot. That having been said it has been obvious for well over twenty years that Chinese influence in the form of aid and other resources has been gnawing away at Australia’s reputation as a good friend of PNG and other Pacific nations. Unfortunately Australia’s recent actions, particularly in the treatment they have meted out to Commodore Bainimarama of Fiji, have played straight into the Middle Kingdom’s hands.

  • TommyGun 13/06/2018, 3:30 pm

    If the little shits are going to fund PNG and there is no way to stop them, then we are better off keeping our money here and spending it in Australia.
    If the fuzzies want to get into bed with the chings; it’s their bad decision.

  • Ozisceptic 14/06/2018, 1:51 pm

    Papua New Guinea elites have branded Australia’s $541 million-a-year PNG aid program as ­“paternalistic” and overly ­bureaucratic compared with what they say is “more flexible” and “more effective” support from China.
    Of course “more effective” is code for a little bit under the table, thanks.

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