May 28, 2008

The Chinese Monkey King

During the Ming Dynasty (c. 1500-1582) Wu Chen-en, an elder statesman penned a wonderful story about a Monkey King.

The story has many layers of meaning & involves parables about Monkey King's personal search for self-cultivation, and is a political/social satire.

The story is a pseudo-historical account of a monk (Xuanzang) who went to India in the 7th century to seek Buddhist scriptures to bring back to China.

The principle story consists of eighty-one calamities suffered by (Monkey) and his guardians (Tripitaka and Sandy, who are monks, and Pigsy, a pig). This interesting story is summarised here.


Some time ago in a blog article I ridiculed the need to have such a large military in our Fiji and made a comment in jest about whether it was Tonga or Tuvalu that we had to guard our borders against.

And on a cyber news article this morning which tells the story about Tonga's extravagant King, there are a few disturbing paragraphs as follows :

In an odd juxtaposition, China yesterday said it would increase its “pragmatic cooperation” between the China’s People’s Liberation Army and the Tonga Defence Force.

Yesterday the Chinese Government Xinhua news agency reported that Defence Minister Liang Guanglie had met his Tongan counterpart Sonatane Tupou.

Liang said the two armies had made “new progress in bilateral relations” and were involved in exchanges.

He said China would work with Tonga “to expand exchanges and increase pragmatic cooperation between the two armed forces.”

Chinese aid figures are not revealed by Beijing but it is believed to give Tonga around $NZ8 million in budget support. It is also giving a soft-loan to Tonga worth $NZ150 million to rebuild Nuku’alofa destroyed in riots in 2006. The money is tied to the use of Chinese construction companies and workers.

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With Choro and Bai eagerly selling our country down the tubes to China, and the Fiji Military with an identity crisis , we may well see the day that the Military is incorporated into the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army together with Tonga whether we like it or not, such maybe the price of their "free lunch".

Cheque book meddling is firmly entrenched in the Pacific making Monkey King's and coming to a village near you!

3 comments:

linuswyatt said...

Just who are the IG a@#$% Holes trying to confuse now ???

Elections commitment made only for EU agreement
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Taken from / By: google
Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says, Fiji’s commitment to Elections next year was only made as part of an agreement to ensure sugar subsidies and flexibility, reports Radio Australia.

He was quoted as saying nobody seems to be reading the line after March 2009.

Sayed-Khaiyum said the odd 15 or 16 commitments they gave the European Union, state that the proper logistics have to be in place.

According to Radio Australia, the AG has indicated the country will not meet its promise of elections in March next year.

Last October, interim Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama committed to elections in March 2009, during the Pacific Island's Forum Leaders meeting in Tonga.

Meanwhile, ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase told Radio New Zealand – he would like to see the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit - persuade Bainimarama to stick to his promises over a poll date.

So far, the Interim Government has reassured that the deadline will be met.

Interim Foreign Affairs Minister -Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has assured his MSG counterparts that Fiji will have a fair, free and transparent election in March 2009.

While giving an update on the political developments in Fiji, Ratu Epeli said Fiji is committed to hold elections and in doing so have made significant progresses to prompt the election process.

Nastur said...

Am I reading this right - Ayarse is basically admitting they lied to the EU just to get the sugar money ?

If so this so this can only be termed moral corruption of the highest order.

Tim said...

Well Frank fancies himself as George Tupou. One is camp and quirky, the other is mad and camp, but they both love themselves and think everyone else is beneath them. And don't be surprised when Chodo finally bankrupts the country, to see Frank getting round town in an old London clapped out taxi as his staff car. He'll be able to run it on the cooking oil he's used to feed his fat ugly face.
Check out that pic of his kava session in Vanuatu. I'm afraid he reminds me of Monty Python's "Meaning of Life". I'm forever hoping for him to explode - not unlike the Foreign Ministers of Australia and New Zealand. Strange too that the word verification for this post is almost an acronym for "duopigs"