China’s more flexible support better than Australia’s, says PNG

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Chinese ambassador Xue Bing last Wednesday. Picture: THE AUSTRALIAN

CANBERRA – Papua New Guinea elites have branded Australia’s $541 million-a-year PNG aid programme as ­“paternalistic” and overly ­bureaucratic compared with what they say is “more flexible” and “more effective” support from China. In interviews with senior PNG figures, Deakin and Sydney University researchers were told Australia’s influence in PNG had “diminished considerably” amid growing […]

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