While the illegal regime and the old oink bully the Methodist Church and GMB Ro Teimumu, who are trying their best to keep Fiji on an even keel through good honest work, can someone please ask the coupsters what they’ve done with the loans from China?
Instead of trying to be something they’re not, they need to be made accountable and transparent about how the loans have been used to the last cent.
How about it illegal regime? How about revealing the spending to the Nation, after all the whole issue about the 5.12.06 coup was ‘committment on the need to facilitate the practicalities of the rule of law, creating transparency, facilitating access to justice and removing systematic corruption’ the illegal self appointed Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in his address at the Tradewinds Convention Centre on Fiji’s Strategic Framework for Change, and has been stating since 5.12.06.
Whew, old rarua has systematically looted the coffers, tried to hoodwink this Nation and the rest of the world but he’s only fooling himself.
Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific editor | July 22, 2009
Article from: The Australian
CHINA gave $254 million in secretive aid to Pacific island countries last year, a report released today by the Lowy Institute reveals, placing it on a par with other major donors Europe, Japan and New Zealand but well below Australia.
The report, by Lowy research fellow Fergus Hanson, concludes that “China lacks a coherent strategy” for the aid program, “beyond checking and reversing diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, and it tends to pursue short-term objectives”.
One such objective has been to upgrade its engagement with the military regime in Fiji, to which it loaned $185m in 2007 and $102m last year.
“The extent of China’s engagement with the Fiji regime suggests a miscalculation on China’s behalf,” the report says. “There is no doubt it has been successful in currying favour with the regime, but it would seem a risky way to position itself in the longer term in Fiji.”
China’s aid to the Pacific, Mr Hanson says, is “pledged in an erratic manner”, and projects are funded without regard to recurrent costs — sometimes distorting the budgets of island nations. “The secrecy surrounding its program obstructs development outcomes and breeds suspicion,” he says.
The report urges China to “seize the opportunity presented by the diplomatic truce ushered in by the election of President Ma Ying-jeou in Taiwan to refocus its Pacific aid program towards longer-term development goals that also better serve Chinese national interests”.
And “traditional donors” such as Australia “should explore innovative ways of engaging China”.
The details of China’s aid program are state secrets, says the Lowy report. But the think tank obtained what it believes to be an accurate assessment of Chinese aid through “extensive co-operation with numerous officials across the region, on the condition of anonymity”.
China tends to give grants, the reports says, in units of 10million RMB ($1.8m) at a time.
“China is often portrayed as pursuing a well-thought-out, long-term strategy to extend its influence in the Pacific,” it says. “However, there is little evidence it has a comprehensive grand strategy guiding its approach beyond its tussle with Taiwan.”
There has been no change in the balance of recognition since Mr Ma’s election last year, with Taiwan retaining the loyalty of six Pacific states, but this may be tested by next year’s election in the “jewel in its Pacific crown”, the Solomon Islands.
A consequence of this diplomatic battle has been that China has pursued “short-term opportunism that often undercuts its longer-term interests, as well as those of the region”.
Most of China’s aid goes on infrastructure projects. “The Pacific is in critical need of good infrastructure,” the report says. “However, the criticisms levelled at China’s infrastructure projects tend to focus on sustainability, debt burdening and lack of flow-on benefits.”