Free access warning

Thursday August 24, 2017 Published in Letters to the Editor

Wednesday’s CINews ran two separate but related stories for us in the Cook Islands. The first was about proposed new immigration rules for the Cook Islands and the second was Fiji’s struggle with the effects of their grant of visa free access for Chinese travellers.


The Cook Islands needs to avoid going down Fiji’s path. We should not allow free visa access for the millions of Chinese people. They have slipped in and overstayed and taken over already in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

In all developing nations, it starts with the Chinese “sharing” on culture, then language and then they are into the economy. They can’t help it, they are so good at business. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Chinese, it’s just a numbers issue.

We are too small to allow this type of free access. Surely welcoming 160,000 mainly Kiwi and Aussie tourists a year is enough for us. We really don’t need more from China.

On Radio NZ today, it was said that in Fiji, they don’t know how the Chinese got in and took over businesses. But this visa-free access for Chinese tourists can be used as a cover, for infiltration of Chinese business and organised crime.

I hope our immigration rules don’t change to allow free access to Chinese “tourists,” as we will easily be over-run.


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