China continues its unrelenting drive for influence in the South Pacific.
From Radio Australia News
Papua New Guinea’s military says it’s looking to strengthen its ties with China following a 10 day visit by the country’s top officer.
Commodore Peter Ilau toured China meeting government ministers and also examined the possibility of an aircraft purchase to replace some of PNG’s ageing fleet.
He says it is also a chance to develop the skills of his soldiers in handling a variety of problems at home.
“Because of the disaster prone area that Papua New Guinea is, we are looking in the modern PNG efforts to repond to natural disaster,” he said.
“That’s one of our core businesses as well, so China is also a country also that we can share ideas with and work on in improving the capabilities of our engineers.”