Meth, Vanilla and ‘Gulags’: How China Has Overtaken the South Pacific One Island at a Time

I suppose if one were to win a prize for being an armchair quarterback in predicting how the chips will fall after the US-FVEY’s alliance went full police state, and began a campaign of spying on the “free citizens” of “western democracies,” this piece is as good a contender as any.

A tale of the Pacific Island nation of Tonga, one of the last monarchies in the world, as it decides ts own fate, pinched as it is between the faded “American Dream” of (what seems like) a million years ago, and the new reality of the “Asia-Pacific Dream.”

Apparently, ye olden tyme quaint notions of “democracy” was just a cash-flow, pay as you go plan whose time is over–just ask any US prisoner from the “drug war” or the over-burdened and financially drained citizen’s who have the mis-fortune of encountering the quasi-constitutional US court system, and the litany of western infractions that can destroy a family with a traffic stop, or take the life of a jogger quicker than a lynching.

Especially, ask those who believe in free speech [sheepishly raising my own hand for a reality that simply does not, and never did exist in western nations] “exactly who is it that is limiting our freedom of association, speech, and press?”

Below, from Politico, a tale of the South Seas, and a hint of reality to come, as western nations forego their obligations to “democracy,” which has been co-opted at every corner by hidden religion, and fanaticism:

Meth, Vanilla and ‘Gulags’: How China Has Overtaken the South Pacific One Island at a Time

Susannah Luthi

Tongans settled the islands as far back as 3,000 years ago and ruled the Pacific with a fleet of massive double-hulled canoes. Some prominent families are Tongans who intermarried with European emigres who landed in the 19th and 20th centuries or Indians who trailed in a little after. New Zealanders and Australians, because they live so close, make up most of the Western population, maybe one percent of the island. There are a handful of Fijians, Japanese and Filipinos.

Palangi and the ethnic Chinese emigres lived most obviously apart from the rest, not that they resembled one another in any other way. We palangi mostly came for the experience and we didn’t like to sacrifice a good time. It’s a habit we can’t quit, to live well in poor countries. And, if we come bearing aid, we don’t hand it out without making the locals listen to our preaching first. Maybe missionaries are passe for most in the West, but a gospel lives on in our dearly held beliefs of public health and social justice.

The Chinese, on the other hand, meant business. You could say they burned their boats like Europeans of old who went to the New World, and then they hunkered down to start shops and enterprises none of the rest of us could live without. When they earned enough, they would bring family over, with an eye to moving on to New Zealand or Australia. They displaced Tongan operations and that palangi wouldn’t even attempt. They learned the Tongan language and, with a few high-profile exceptions, lived thriftily. The palangi partied or preached, but the Chinese—at least as far as I could see—did neither.

So I accepted then and there that the Chinese would, in any battle of wits or money or general grit, beat out the Westerners in Tonga.

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