Wednesday 22 March 2023 | Written by RNZ | Published in Papua New Guinea, Regional
A Pacific elder and former secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum says Pacific leaders need to sit up and pay closer attention to AUKUS and the Indo-Pacific Strategy and China's response to them.
Speaking from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, Dame Meg Taylor said Pacific leaders were being sidelined in major geopolitical decisions affecting their region and they need to start raising their voices for the sake of their citizens.
"The issue here is that we should have paid much more attention to the Indo-Pacific strategy as it emerged," she said.
"And we were not ever consulted by the countries that are party to that, including some of our own members of the Pacific Island Forum. Then the emergence of AUKUS - Pacific countries were never consulted on this either," she said.
Te Tuhi Kelly on 01/04/2023
Do you honestly think they care what you think. It's a bit rich coming from a country who sold their commodities for a pittance, rorted the system for back handers, corruption is rife, have a corrupt political system, ineffective police, bashes the beejeebers out of their women, and you talk about wanting to sit at the table with the big guys. Clean up your own backyard before you preach about consultation and wanting to have a proper say, being a baby cry and a hypocrite is more in keeping. They look at you as a banana republic, what did you expect.