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Q: Why does China think it can bully other Asian nations?

"Chinese officials demanding a meeting with Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister forced their way into his office Saturday and had to be escorted away by police after a confrontation, according to two senior officials from the host country."

Others may find this decidedly dramatic breach of business etiquette apalling, but it doesn't surprise me at all. I'm glad to see most of the Pan-Asian countries standing up against the schoolyard bully:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-china-divisions-exposed-after-one-phras...

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Your link is per subscription ... Why don't you subscribe to WSJ and c&p whole article, so we can enjoy, too?  

 

Here is 'Zero', free of charge:

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-18/apec-summit-ends-unprecedented...

 

Sunday’s dramatic conclusion was foreshadowed by accusations that Chinese officials had attempted to strong-arm officials in Papua New Guinea, which was hosting the event, into issuing a statement that fitted what Beijing wanted. The Chinese vigorously denied the claims. When asked about the impasse, Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was quoted by the SCMP saying: “You know the two big giants in the room, so what can I say?”

Instead of issuing a document that all 21 participants could agree O’Neill, said he would issue a “chair’s statement” reflecting the issues the participants did agree upon. The prime minister said the main area of disagreement was the insistence by one country — believed to be the US — that the communique would reflect the need for reform at the World Trade Organization.

O’Neill also said there had been disagreement on the bloc’s so called “Bogor Goals”, which require it to achieve free and open trade among its developing economies by 2020. And while O'Neill said the differences on that issue had been ironed out, there was no such luck when it came to the topic of WTO reforms.

 

"The language we heard from Pence is quite concerning because it shows we are moving toward zero-sum game geopolitics in Asia-Pacific," said Johnatan Pryke, a researcher specializing in Pacific at the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based research group.

"The great hope of convergence between China and U.S. is becoming less and less likely."

 

 It looks, they are going for the throat ... 

 

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From WSJ: The apparent confrontation with Papua New Guinea officials fits a pattern—becoming more pronounced as China steps up its international engagement—of Beijing demanding overt submission to its interests in exchange for trade and investment. In September, Chinese representatives clashed with officials in the tiny nation of Nauru after border authorities refused to accept their diplomatic passports at a meeting of Pacific leaders on the island. Nauru is one of six states in the region to recognize Taiwan instead of Beijing.

“They can often be their own worst enemies. Their engagement in the region is already characterized as being quite aggressive, and that’s often mirrored by their diplomats,” said Jonathan Pryke, director of the Sydney-based Lowy Institute’s Pacific program.

The move may also be linked to the domestic political environment in China, where officials are under increasing pressure to deliver results to impress Mr. Xi, amid concern in Beijing that his signature Belt and Road global infrastructure initiative may be stumbling.

“Those with ulterior motives are spreading malicious rumors to damage relations between Papua New Guinea and China,” Wang Xiaolong, international economics director at China’s foreign ministry, said Sunday.

China has gone to great lengths to cast itself as a friend of Papua New Guinea, which has poor infrastructure and massive development needs. Hundreds of Chinese flags line a new six-lane highway built by China that leads to the country’s Parliament building.

The South Pacific, home to important shipping lanes and fisheries, is again in strategic calculations as China modernizes its military and expands its economic clout. China’s actions have alarmed the U.S. and its allies, concerned that island nations could face a growing debt burden to Beijing.

The U.S. and its allies are increasingly countering Beijing’s overtures. On Sunday, Papua New Guinea signed an agreement with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the U.S. that aims to connect 70% of its population to electricity by 2030. Currently only about 13% of Papua New Guinea’s population have reliable power.

The announcement is the first under a trilateral partnership signed this month between the U.S., Japan and Australia to invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region. Mr. Pence said Sunday the project “meets the genuine needs of the people of Papua New Guinea and avoids unsustainable debt burdens.”

“While our overall dollars are still comparatively small, it’s about time we at least tried to match Beijing’s regional largess,” said Sean King at Park Strategies, a business advisory firm managed by former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato. “We have a free and open strength in numbers that illiberal Beijing does not.”

Mr. Pence, speaking to reporters before leaving Papua New Guinea, said he twice spoke privately—briefly and candidly—to Mr. Xi during the APEC summit. Coming into the meeting, Mr. Pence’s aides said neither side had sought a formal meeting.

“I reiterated that they need to open up their markets,” said Mr. Pence, who has repeatedly warned of “aggression” and “empire” in the region—an implicit reference to China’s behavior. He added that “President Trump believes that a [trade] deal is possible but we also believe we’re in a very strong position.”

On Friday, Chinese officials also upset the hosts by denying journalists access to a meeting between the Mr. Xi and Pacific leaders, despite an official invitation for them to attend.

In a less heavy-handed approach, Australian officials wooed Pacific leaders Sunday with a barbecue. On the menu: Kangaroo sausages and barramundi, a white-fleshed fish native to Australia’s northern tropical waters and the Indo-Pacific.

 

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I guess nobody at the delegation ever read "The Ghost Mountain Boys" about the malaria, mosquitos and cannablism in Papau New Guinea and that some parts are more animalistic than Mao's soldiers. Stay behind your bodyguards and the big city there or you could get cooked more elegantly than a dog in Guangdong, and I haven't even bothered to mention the forests, snakes, scorpions, quicksand, and all the other fowl creatures. When both sides of an armed conflict on the island lose 70 percent of the men to non-combat death, hell is easy.

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