Beijing, CHINA - China has lashed out at Australia’s criticism of its foreign aid to the Pacific while Pacific Island countries have spoken in China’s defensestating the country has heavily assisted the Pacific region. Speaking to journalists in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang said Australia’s accusations against China was borne out of Canberra’s reluctance to see the Pacific Islands realise independent and sustainable development.
“On the basis of fully respecting the will of the governments and people of the Pacific Islands countries and their development needs, China has been assisting them within its capabilities with no political strings attached in particular and such assistance has greatly boosted their socio-economic development and received warm welcome,” said Kang.
Late last year, Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells told The Australian newspaper that China was constructing “useless buildings” in the Pacific. She told the ABC’s Pacific Beat programme she was concerned that some Pacific countries were taking on debts they could not afford to repay. website Cheapigfollowers
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