China wants peace, not war!

Tuesday September 25, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

May I respond to Norm Wilkin’s letter of 19 September headed “Penrhyn could be prize China wants”, but first, may I thank him for putting his name to it. I expected no less from him because according to drumbeats on the coconut wireless he is a retired marine and fellow American.

I am saying fellow American because the merchant of shipping at Merchant of Paradise (MOP) is an offspring of the American occupation of Penrhyn that he is talking about, as I am, an offspring of the American occupation of my home island Aitutaki at the same time.

Anyway, I glossed over the article headed “China’s plan for conquest of the South Pacific” that Norm read and liked, but unlike him it did nothing for me. If anything it irritated me reading malicious speculation about China’s intentions without evidence.

Perhaps Norm can point to a military base that China built in our region in support of what he is claiming because from where I’m sitting, I can’t see any, making that article a fake story doesn’t it?

And Norm made it clear that he believes China wants Penrhyn as some sort of military base, like the Americans had during their occupation of Penrhyn, implying that MOP’s Paradise Prosperity Plan (PPP) to develop the Pa Enua using concessional finance set aside by China for us under the One China Policy (OCP) aid platform would allow China access to Penrhyn.

It seems to me our Norm is suffering from that maki (illness) they call Pride and Prejudice Syndrome (PPS), his pride battered because America has lost a number of wars since Vietnam and prejudiced towards China because it didn’t crash like the rest of us in 2008 at the hands of American banks peddling bond notes with no asset backing, and rose to dominate the global economy and finance instead.

May I suggest that Norm takes a good look at what China is actually doing so he can shed his PPS illness?

1. When China hosted the G20 Summit it told the world it wanted inclusive developments for the prosperity of all mankind, making it the first super power in the history of mankind to want peace and not war!

2. When China rolled out its One Belt One Road trade initiative it revealed a bridging for peaceful trade to behold, thus confirming China’s peaceful intentions!

3. And when China rolled out its AIIB concessional finance initiative to fund commercial sectors of the world into growth developments in support of stimulus developments by their governments, it revealed financial aid to behold, thus confirming China’s peaceful intentions beyond doubt!

Yes, China’s inclusive developments for the prosperity of all mankind is at the heart of MOP’s PPP development for the Pa Enua and concessional finance set aside by China for us under the One China Policy (OCP) aid platform, not AIIB, is targeted by MOP, because China is our partner and it doesn’t forget friends who supported its bid for membership at the United Nations!

And yes, Norm is right, that the “thrust” of my letters has been to get concessional finance from China for MOP’s PPP development for the Pa Enua – I make no apology for that!

But has it occurred to Norm and others like him that God may have chosen China to bring peace and prosperity to the world for the next 100 years – I believe that, as do my fellow merchants at MOP, which is why we are swinging on China’s coat tails to fund our Pa Enua people out of the economic vacancy they have endured in silence for far too long, and I make no apology for that!

And of course there will be wars during China’s tenure as superpower, but they will be trade wars without the brutality inflicted by previous superpowers, which have already started and sure to stimulate productivity for the prosperity of mankind!

And think twice Norm, you hail from the greatest Christian nation on the planet, the USA, where some 70 per cent of them Christians and on whose currency is encrypted the words “In God We Trust”. What do you think they want, war or peace?

Food for thought!

            Tim Tepaki

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