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Friday, January 19, 2018

Questions over Beijing's rising loans to Pacific nations

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The pros and cons....see also my earlier post on this issue at HERE.

Most analysts say the aid programme has various purposes, including promoting development and trade, but it is also designed to curry influence.....For years, China has used aid in the Pacific to try to prevent recognition of Taiwan. In turn, Taiwan has used aid to win recognition from some six Pacific nations - roughly a third of all the countries that recognise Taiwan.....Some analysts have suggested that China's aid was potentially designed to recoup a strategic benefit from the future indebtedness of small Pacific nations. But it can be hard to assess precisely what China seeks to gain from its Pacific aid.
BUT then hor......

"The one thing the Pacific needs is roads. It is good for accessing healthcare, it can mean a kid going to school or it can mean the difference for a farmer getting his goods to market."

1. Does the presence of a foreign power ever help a country with problems? (Cam. 2008)
2. Consider the view that foreign intervention in a country’s affairs does more harm than good. (JJC Prelim 2017)
3. Is there still a place for charity in today’s world? (Cam. 2006)