China ‘Stumbling’ in the Pacific

A new report from Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy critiques China’s in the Pacific region, BBC reports:

“China lacks a coherent strategy for its aid programme in the Pacific – beyond checking and reversing diplomatic recognition of ,” the report states.

It also accuses China of tending to pursue “short-term objectives”.

It cites the example of a $12.9m (£7.8m) swimming complex in Samoa “that one official quipped would be beyond the ability of even New Zealand to maintain”.

“China pledges aid in an erratic manner, funds projects without regard to recurring costs, and the secrecy surrounding its programme obstructs outcomes, and breeds suspicion,” it says.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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