The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Michael Shoebridge says new proposals from a Chinese company to build a $39 billion city on the south coast of Papua New Guinea reveal China is “serious” about expansion.
Hong Kong based company WYW Holding Limited has asked the PNG government to approve the development.
“I think it’s a bad influence and presence,” Mr Shoebridge told Sky News.
“You’d have to be gullible to think that a $39 billion city is going to be built in this really remote and impoverished part of PNG.
“What it tells us is China’s serious about expanding their influence and presence in PNG and with all the money they’ve been making from exports during the coronavirus, they’re cashed up.”