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Chinese buildings ‘useless’

Wednesday 10 January 2018 | Published in Local

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Chinese buildings ‘useless’
Australian Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and her delegation pictured aboard Te Kukupa when she visited Rarotonga in October. Fierravanti-Wells is second from right in front of the Royal New Zealand Navy maritime surveillance advisor to the Cook Islands, Lieutenant Commander Kerry Driver. Speaking to the group is Maritime Commander Tepaki Baxter. 17102405

A SENIOR Australian government minister who visited Rarotonga last year has launched a tirade about China’s foray into the Pacific, accusing the Asian superpower of lending funds to island nations on unfavourable terms and constructing “useless buildings” and “roads to nowhere”.

A SENIOR Australian government minister who visited Rarotonga last year has launched a tirade about China’s foray into the Pacific, accusing the Asian superpower of lending funds to island nations on unfavourable terms and constructing “useless buildings” and “roads to nowhere”.


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