Australia’s ramped-up megaphone hostility to its biggest trading partner, China, has led to trade repercussions, pole-axed Australian diplomacy and raised eyebrows in the Pacific. Papua New Guinean business leader and national affairs commentator Corney Alone tells Australia it can play this game but shouldn’t expect the Pacific to fall into line - KJ
PORT MORESBY – Yes, Australia. You get exactly what you bargain for in your relations with China. For Papua New Guinea, though, on our turf we reject outdated, cold war era nonsense.
We are also acutely aware of the 54 years of neglect, double-standards and the arrogant complicity in genocide of Australia's policy towards Melanesian West Papua.
In West Papua our family is being murdered and tortured on the economic altar of economic greed. The United States is also profiteering from Melanesian blood money in West Papua.
We will not to be brainwashed and misled to disown our Melanesian brothers and sisters who have been in ashes mourning for over five decades. We are not going to sing a backward-leaning Kumbaya with you.
Papua New Guineans are also very much aware of the mind-boggling ill treatment of African-Americans in the United States. That is a 400-plus year blot that gets amplified in modern day lynchings that State-sanctioned forces continue to mete out each day.
There is no sense of equitable treatment there or in West Papua.
And we certainly do not tolerate Australia or the West's self-importance parade, pitching your outpost in Melanesian turf and hoping we will get on board your paranoia boat.
We clearly see Australia and the West's 'late-to-the-party' aid funding realignments based on your security fears and miscalculations.
Melanesia is an open Pacific Ocean. We welcome and embrace all friends, but not any one friend over another.
The world is truly interconnected and open for business. We have the absolute right to determine and choose who to do business and trade with.
Your entitlement is clearly misplaced if you thought otherwise.