AID money and politcs, who wins-You be the JudgeMay 30 2006 at 1:08 PM
|hanua Lohia |
Canberra pledges co-operation on Pacific aid
Peter Alford, Tokyo correspondent
May 29, 2006-The Australian
WITH hundreds of millions of extra aid dollars flowing into the troubled Pacific region, the Australian Government will more closely co-ordinate its development policies with Japan and New Zealand.
The three countries agreed on "enhanced donor co-operation" at a Japan-Pacific Islands summit in Okinawa at the weekend.
At the summit, Japan announced a 40 per cent increase in its development aid to Pacific Island nations, to Y45 billion ($527 million) over the next three years. Australian aid to the region this year has been lifted to $434million, mostly going to Papua New Guinea.
China last month offered a 3billion yuan ($495 million) three-year loan package to the island nations, in what has been widely seen in the region as an intensification of Beijing's push to displace the influence of Japan and Taiwan in the Pacific.
However, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi denied the Chinese move threatened his country's interests.
"If China and other countries wish to provide assistance and can provide assistance to various developing countries, fine," he said. "Please do so by all means."
Michael Somare, PNG's Prime Minister and chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum, supported Mr Koizumi.
"I don't think it should be seen as competing for influence in the region," Sir Michael said. "Pacific Island people are capable of making their own decisions."
The PIF leaders responded to the Japanese aid increase by supporting Tokyo's campaign for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council.
Mr Koizumi called this an "important milestone" for Japan's foreign policy, although most PIF countries, including Australia, had already individually backed Japan's Security Council bid. But with China, the only Asian permanent member of the Security Council, strongly opposed to Japan succeeding, the Pacific endorsement will not have a decisive effect.
Australia's delegate, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Teresa Gambaro, told the meeting there was a pressing need for better aid co-ordination.
"Australia is very conscious of the need to reduce the burden that donor duplication and lack of co-ordination places on partner countries," she said. "We know duplication and poor co-ordination has the potential to make bad situations worse."
Ms Gambaro represented Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who cancelled his Okinawa visit on Wednesday because of the East Timor crisis
Politics and AID money for the Pacific, China, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. Who wins, pacific islanders or donors. You be the judge.
Re: AID money and politcs, who wins-You be the Judge
|May 30 2006, 1:17 PM |
The donors always win, because:
1. Foreign aid always has a high bounce effect back to the donor country no matter who is giving the foreign aid.
2. The donor wins influence anyway, within the country it's giving the largely giaman assistance to.
3. And ?
We all must understand that every donour countries has always have their own agenders tagged onto their packages, for instances;
China wants to limit Taiwan and Japan's influence and Australia also wants small Pacific Island state dorminance. Australia's capabality to give and how much is no problem but Australia's inteligence and future planning for Pacific states are far too short sighted, for example 2 years ago they have the upper hand of the reconstruction of east timor and now look at what happened Dilli Crisis and look at Solomon Is. their inteligence are network are so poor that Solomon went into chaos after the voting of the contraversial PM.
Weather the Australians, Taiwan or Japan likes it or not China will be the next economic force in the Asia Pacific Region, Australia will be under the might of Chinese economic dorminance so as PNG so PNG must deal directly with China and not being seconded by Australia or play second fiddle after Australia. Whats got to be reaped now we (PNG) must forecast beforehand and go for it before Australia comes up with its MOU & Policies with China which will cut us out altogether.
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|May 31 2006, 12:37 PM |
Yes i forgot to mention, now that Australia is now exporting uranium it can use the uranium deal to block and sideline its future trade competitors to they country they deal with.
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