FIJI buffoon Frank Bainimarama has ramped up his war of words with Australia, saying he will ditch ties with Canberra and instead turn to China for support.
Commodore Bainimarama – who last month expelled Australia’s top envoy from the Pacific Island nation – said only China could help Fiji.
In what appears to be an effort to further pressure regional neighbours to back his regime, Commodore Bainimarama also lashed out at the 16-country Pacific Island Forum over its continued suspension of Fiji.
”I think we need to forget about the [Pacific] forum, about Australia and New Zealand. Let’s maintain the trade but forget about the politics,” he said.
Fiji has become a big test of Australia’s diplomatic influence in the Pacific. The forum eventually suspended Fiji after Commodore Bainimarama refused to hold fresh elections after the 2006 coup in which he seized power.
But he held a rival regional meeting in Suva last month and gained a surprising show of support, further straining ties.
On a visit to the World Expo in Shanghai, he praised China’s vision and ability to help Fiji develop.
”We need infrastructure, we need water, we need electricity. Australia and New Zealand and America, none of those nations are going to provide that.”We know that now because of their policies towards us, so let’s forget about these nations,” he said on the Fijivillage News website.
South Pacific specialist Jenny Hayward-Jones said the comments marked a new level in the row with Australia and attempts to isolate the Fijian regime.
”Other Pacific countries want to talk to Fiji, and Australia and New Zealand are the only ones maintaining this ‘don’t talk’ policy,” she said.
But she said Commodore Bainimarama had overestimated China’s interest in Fiji and willingness to prop up his regime.
Cutting ties with Australia would also impact on Fiji’s economy, Ms Hayward-Jones said.
Aw man, the oink hasn’t learnt an iota of policy or diplomacy in his 3.5 years as self imposed pm, his irrelevancy is outstanding indeed.
He can’t expect other countries to keep funding Fiji when Fiji was more than capable of funding it’s own costs for infrastructure, clean water (that we have in abundance) and electricity before his infamous grab at power that he cannot sustain.
Here it is biting the very hands that feed him, bokola. It’s no wonder he’s the laughing stock of the world.
The oink should just go masi his old volo under a mango tree, it’s more his style.