by Ganesh Sahathevan
China says Darwin , PNG, parts of the China Belt And Road Initiative
“Direct award on extremely favourable terms by GOM on an accelerated basis”
“Malaysia’s adoption of Chinese rail technology into Malaysia’s mega infrastructure projects”
“Malaysia’s acceptance and expansion of China’s One Belt, One Road strategy”
The wording suggests that China's One Belt One Road policy has more in common with the Japanese Imperial Army's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere that it does with say the European Union's free market.
As previously reported on this blog, China considers PNG and Darwin part of the Belt & Road, even if that ambition is not advertised.
Despite this, the Secretary Department of Defence , Dennis Richardson, and PM Malcolm Turnbull ,have insisted that the sale of Darwin Port to China's Landnridge does not raise any security issues.
It does appear as if Australia , like Malaysia , has signalled its
"acceptance and expansion of China’s One Belt, One Road strategy”.The only difference is that in Malaysia there is an acknowledgement that these types of deals are tainted by corruption