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Good on China for responding to the "irresponsible," unthinking and nonsensical Trump-like remarks made by Australia's minister of international development and the Pacific. Aren't all types of foreign aid a form of exchange, involving aid-giving and aid-receiving? The two-way exchanges between aid givers and aid receivers can be either balance or imbalance, depending on their fairness, flexibility, equitability and profitability. Many Pacific nation states generally find China's aid a lot fairer, flexible, equitable and profitable.

By the way, the use of foreign aid in the Pacific at first as a capitalist tool of economic development and now a democratic instrument of political governance has adversely but surely resulted in the increasing loss of freedom and perpetual dependency across the whole of society, and this is most evident in the spheres of education, politics, economics, psychology, technology, culture and language and many others.