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Walter and the King

Walter and the King

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 08:44:14 in College

“Tonga is not in Micronesia. Nor is Tupou V the reigning King of Tonga.”
Why the West Is Losing the Pacific to China, the Arab League, and Just About Everyone Else

Why the West Is Losing the Pacific to China, the Arab League, and Just About Everyone Else

Commented Nov 25, 2010 at 11:07:54 in World

“This was an excellent article. Pieces on the Pacific and Western policy are too few-and-far-between. It is worth noting that China's loan package for the reconstruction of Nuku'alofa was also tied aid; all skilled labor and construction contracts were required to be provided by Chinese nationals. While it is worthy to critique NZ for attempting to tie their support of solar energy to NZ firms, they seem to simply following the M.O. for development projects in the region.”

hp blogger Cleo Paskal on Nov 25, 2010 at 23:46:55

“Thanks! You are absolutely right about the Chinese tied aid. With the way NZ and others are currently playing it (in many, many areas, not just solar), there is no need for China to offer anything except something marginally better than the lower common denominator (and often that means anything at all). If NZ and others set higher standards, China, etc., would be forced to up their game, and everyone would benefit, including NZ.”