New Sports Stadium & China's Influence

New Sports Stadium & China's Influence

40_horse_pawa
40_horse_pawa

April 7th, 2006, 12:26 am #1

Well, it seems like the Pacific's Big Bro from the North is finally stepping up its efforts in making its presence felt in the South Pacific.

Thanks to China's Premier Wen Jiabao (the first visit from any Chinese Premier to the Pacific Islands), PNG will be now receving a new sports stadium. Most likely the stadium will be constructed in Port Morseby.

If the Chinese are smart enough and really want to ensure that PNG permanently recognises Beijing, rather than Taipei as has been the case in the past, then what's it to bet that the new sports stadium will be capable of doubling not only as top-class sporting arena, but also as a new Rugby League stadium?

Now that would definately make me appreciate China...a bit more.

Oh, besides our new sports stadium, PNG along with the rest of the Pacific islands will also be receiving $520 million worth of special loans over the next three years, free anti-malarial medicines, and possibly the cancellation of some our debts.

Along with Samoa and the FSM, We also have been added to the "approved" list of countries that Chinese tourists will be encouraged to visit.

Now if Sir Michael is smarter, he would wait until all the fuss has died away, and then diplomatically observe whatever Taiwan is already thinking of offering the Pacific, in an effort to off-set China's current position. It's been done before, playing the game and snapping up whichever offer is best.

It looks as if we are right in the middle of what is being aptly nicknamed the "Pacific Cold War".

Australia must be squirming in its pants watching China spread it's influence over the Pacific.

The Pacific just got a little bit warmer.

DT
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Anonymous
Anonymous

April 7th, 2006, 1:40 am #2

A huge internation swimming stadium should be in the planning....if not we are going on strike!!
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Anonymous
Anonymous

April 7th, 2006, 1:57 am #3

Maki lon strike. I welcome whatever the Chinese is offering, we must be more cunning and use it to our advantage.

Australia, larim ol pispis lon pants blo ol, lukaut!!! Japan did not invade Australia thanks to PNG, now let the Chinese invade Australia!!!
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Anonymous
Anonymous

April 7th, 2006, 2:27 am #4

who ever wrote the last response. what am imbicile you are.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

April 7th, 2006, 2:29 am #5

japan did not invade australia thanks to australia.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

April 7th, 2006, 6:36 am #6

with png`s help.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

April 10th, 2006, 1:34 am #7

yes and we are very grateful.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

April 10th, 2006, 1:54 am #8

but Australia doesn't really admit that...
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Anonymous
Anonymous

April 10th, 2006, 5:44 am #9

yes they do, in every single primary/highschool school in australia. However i have noticed that some people act as though the fuzzy wuzzy angels were holding the rifles instead of playing a crucial supporting role.
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Cowgirl
Cowgirl

April 10th, 2006, 8:11 am #10

I think PNGs economic infrastructure and public utilities to the citizens are focused to be concentrated and biased.
Port Moresby is not the only place in PNG. If services and public infrastructure are being brought to other urban centers and link them with road networks, we can see real developments in rural areas.

Sir Michael recently preached in the media of a potential Convention Center to be built near to Mirigini or Morauta Haus(s). Why centralize services in one combusted zone like Waigani when there are optional locations?
Now these sporting complexes are yet again proposed to be constructed in Moresby.

What about Mt. Hagen, Madang or Wewak, or even Kokopo? If PNG has to host international or regional (pacific) meetings, overseas delegates come in with huge amount of money. If these proposed facilities are built in other centers apart from POM, overseas visitors can pour in money into provincial economies propelling local (provincial) economies.
This can encourage local businessmen/women, increase in job creation, reduce poverty, stop migration,..you can add on from here.

All i see is, POM is expending while rest of the urban centers (HGU,GKA,MDG,LAE,WWK) are stagnant. The worst still remains - rural areas are in oblivion.
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