Chinese aid to Fiji may not be as much as expected | Asia Pacific

Chinese aid to Fiji may not be as much as expected

Chinese aid to Fiji may not be as much as expected

Posted 6 May 2009, 20:34 AEST

Despite economic sanctions and a cut in aid by many nations - including Australia and New Zealand - Fiji's military leader has continued to snub his nose at his critics.

Many say his confidence has been bolstered by a continuing stream of aid from Fiji's relatively new - and powerful friend, China. However, there are warnings that Beijing will only go so far, as it walks a delicate diplomatic tightrope in the Pacific.

Presenter: Mike Woods

Speaker: Australian National University academic Dr John Fraenkel; Veteran Fijian political commentator, Professor Brij Lal

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