NIUE is a tiny Pacific nation with a population of only 1600.
That’s roughly the size of a large Australian high school. The people of Niue are officially citizens of New Zealand. They use New Zealand’s currency and travel on Kiwi passports. But Niue isn’t technically part of New Zealand and it’s now flirting with China. Niue recently signed a memorandum of understanding to join China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. As with the MOU Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has signed, little is known about the deal.
Local reports suggest China has offered to spend nearly $15 million to upgrade an expressway around the island and renovate a number of wharves. In return, China is set to build a GPS base station on Niue, for civilian and military use.
Plainly the 1600 or so locals are happy to take the money. According to New Zealand news site stuff.co.nz, China’s Ambassador Wu Xi attended a Constitution Day celebration on Niue a couple of weeks ago and cooked dump-