After years of being treated like recalcitrant children Fiji has finally started pushing back against Australia and New Zealand.
The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, has repeated his call for New Zealand to be kicked out of the Pacific region’s main decision-making body.
Mr Bainimarama’s foreign affairs minister told Australian officials on the weekend that either New Zealand or Australia should cease to be full members of the Pacific Islands Forum, the Australian reported.
If this did not occur, the Fijian Prime Minister wanted close ally China to be brought into the 16-member forum.
China is currently an observer and Bainimarama makes a fair point. Australia and New Zealand behaved appallingly in the past decade towards Fiji, we turned out backs on them, and it is little wonder they found new friends.
It is our fault that they are now very close with China.