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    Default China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    C&P,
    Th purchase would give the State ownd Corporation control of the whole island and port.

    "A Chinese state-owned company is negotiating to buy a deep-water port and World War II airstrip in Solomon Islands, as new documents detail how money from Beijing has helped keep the Pacific nation's controversial leader in power.As a battle for influence plays out in the region, an investigation by Four Corners has found China is aggressively pursuing economic opportunities across the Solomons to boost Beijing's strategic interests.
    One asset being targeted by China is a hardwood forestry plantation on the island of Kolombangara, which features a protected harbour, deep-water port and an airstrip."

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-01/china-trying-to-buy-solomon-islands-port-australia-urged-to-stop/101277348

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Do they write better poems in deep water than in shallow? I think Robert Frost wrote his best work in the fields of New England.
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    A deep water haÔku:

    Deep waters run still
    Middle Kingdom dreams slumber
    Awake suddenly

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    A Chinese Diego Garcia.
    Do they still hold the lease on Port Darwin, or did that get overturned?

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    A deep water haÔku:

    Deep waters run still
    Middle Kingdom dreams slumber
    Awake suddenly
    Not bad.
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Of course they have already bought enough of their politicians to make it happen………………...

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    There was a Ukrainian headline yesterday about China shooting at Taiwan but I couldn't find any details. JayInOz

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    You never know what's going to bubble up from The Bilge.
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    A deep water haÔku:

    Deep waters run still
    Middle Kingdom dreams slumber
    Awake suddenly
    The Solomon's

    Sounds nice. I wonder what the compensation package looks like. Are you considering applying?
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Tennyson would have drowned. Haiku is more suitable.
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Quote Originally Posted by epoxyboy View Post
    A Chinese Diego Garcia.
    Do they still hold the lease on Port Darwin, or did that get overturned?

    Pete
    99 year lease on the port in Darwin I think, but they canít use it as a naval/military base.

    https://amp.abc.net.au/article/101040810
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    There was a proposal to build another port (read US base) next door……
    But regarding underwater poets….
    https://hellopoetry.com/words/underwater/

    Cassie Wight Oct 2012
    I like being underwater
    I like being underwater because it reminds me
    of a different world.
    Like the rim of the atmosphere, or the inside of a womb
    where everything is slippery, even the past, and all
    I can remember is the air in my lungs.

    I like being underwater because it reminds me
    of when you held me above the water as a child
    that time we walked too far past the ******* and could no longer touch.
    You hoisted me up on the hips that birthed me and
    beatering your legs you struggled, your hairline trimming the surface
    so I could breathe. And when we finally swam back onto the ridge you panted to the rhythm of the waves. Looked down at me and smiled,
    “That was fun, wasn’t it?”

    Fingers interlocked on the way home down the beach, where
    bare feet walk on wet handlebars in the morning and footprints are flooded at night by the moon. The ability to erase but mostly

    I like being underwater because I am made of water. And so are you.
    And the ocean surrounds me with the salt of your last breath
    felt stroking my cheek with weak, small hands waving goodbye.

    You were so small and
    the water is so big, yet when I’m under,
    all I feel is you.
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Robert Brooke probably would not be deep enough.

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Back to China……..
    https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Robert Brooke probably would not be deep enough.
    Not really a water poet, either.
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Masefield?

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Robert Brooke probably would not be deep enough.
    Nor Rupert neither

    How about Walter de la Mare?
    Structures without reference to geometry tend toward the ramshackle

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    Nor Rupert neither

    How about Walter de la Mare?
    Yer right- my memory is failing!
    Walter would do.

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    ....a deep water poem


    The Ryukyu Trench


    I have a sinking feeling
    dreaming in my bed
    that I'm drifting in an ocean
    an ocean full of dread

    on the horizon
    is uncle sam's battle ship
    and fast approaching
    is one who's flag is yellow and red

    smoke explodes from gun barrels
    before a sound is heard
    both vessels list and disappear
    circled by a startled sea bird

    on their journey
    to the floor
    of Ryukyu trench
    the sailors see

    life's events pass before
    while no sound reaches the ear
    as they descend to darkened depths
    leaving the lonely sea bird of fear

    I have a sinking feeling
    as I wake in my bed
    knowing full well
    the commotion and the dread

    with the water rising
    and buzzing in my head
    I go to take a step
    my legs are heavy as lead

    I reach for the phone
    for that one last message home
    in my too few days of living
    I never thought I'd die alone.
    Last edited by Hallam; 08-01-2022 at 07:29 PM.
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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    The great irony is that while the Conservative government was screwing the East Timorese, and generally treating our neighbours with their self satisfied colonial condescension, they were also effing up the purchase of a fleet of submarines.
    In the entire top 50% of the continent of Australia there is no port deep enough to harbour a submarine.

    However, there is in East Timor, and there is in the Solomon's, PNG and on and on.

    Poetic indeed.
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    How bizarre!
    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci.

    If war is the answer........... it must be a profoundly stupid question.

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    There's been some tut tutting at China this week about space junk falling to Earth and endangering people. But they've just picked up three bits of Space- X in the Snowy Mountains here in Oz.

    And the latest from China- they've warned that if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan then the Chinese military will not stand idly by. But then, they warned Australia that there would be severe consequences if we allowed a visit from the Dalai Lama a few years back. We ignored that one and we're still here. JayInOz

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    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-...doms/101288396

    The Solomon Islands government has ordered the country's national broadcaster to self-censor its news and other paid programs and only allow content that portrays the nation's government in a positive light.
    Key points:

    • The Solomon Islands government is seizing financial and editorial control of the Pacific nation's public broadcaster
    • The government says its censorship will protect the public from "misinformation and lies"
    • Local media and observers fear democracy will suffer as a result

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci.

    If war is the answer........... it must be a profoundly stupid question.

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    Default Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Their PM is learning fast, how long before he foments a military coup?

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    Sogavare happily treading the autocrats path.....well at least , as far as we know, China didn't put him in power.

    Sogavare..... Che Guevara.....!!.

    How long before the US stages a coup? Is this the reason why the Chinese wanted a finger in the pie of policing and domestic security? ............as they have a friend in Sogavare....... to prevent the US from ousting him as the relationship with China consolidates.

    China and Sogavare; you scratch our back and we will scratch yours. This is a very real foreign policy headache already formented while the lib gnat govt of the day where asleep at the wheel.
    I knew when drongo Abbott closed Radio Australia's Pacific broadcast that it would come back to bite us and bit us hard!

    What a bunch of fools!!!!!!

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/20...a-network-loss

    Another signal has emerged that the Abbott government intends to strip the ABC of its international broadcasting service – the Australia Network – in a significant concession to Rupert Murdoch and to conservative commentators critical of public broadcasting.

    The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has been preparing the public ground since opposition for the ABC to lose its Australia Network regional broadcasting service, which it was awarded by the previous Labor government after a bitterly contested process.

    In January Bishop criticised the quality of the programming on the Australia Network, and argued it was not serving Australia’s regional interests as “a tool of public diplomacy”.

    The Australian newspaper reported on Thursday that the service was likely to be scrapped in the May budget as a savings measure.

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    ...meanwhile back at the ranch, how many million was wasted of a failed submarine deal???

    Who needs submarines when you have friends?
    Last edited by Hallam; 08-02-2022 at 01:56 AM.
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    The LibNats always wanted a lickspittle propaganda arm, not an international information service…………
    They've gotten used to the Murdoch press at home being just that……...

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