People & Power investigates the cunning and often destructive role China and Taiwan are playing in so-called 'development' projects in the Pacific Islands.
|The Chinese own more than 70% of retail shops |
in Tonga's capital
Despite Beijing's call to end hostilities with Taiwan, tensions remain high. Their relationship worsened after Taiwan renewed its bid to gain membership at the United Nations, a move opposed by China.
The two nations are bitter rivals in their bid to secure diplomatic recognition with countries throughout the world. Nowhere is the competition more fierce than in south-west Asia, where promises of huge investment and lucrative incentives are making countries like the Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji more corrupt, unstable and even violent.
The diplomatic war between China and Taiwan also has economic ramifications. In Fiji's capital, Siva, Chinese investors own more than 3,000 shops and businesses. In the Solomon Islands, a major paddy project is funded by Taiwan - in return for diplomatic relations - and recognition of Taiwan as a sovereign government. China still treats Taiwan as a renegade province.
Taiwan also donates thousands of dollars to the national hospital for medical equipment and medicines.
How much longer, and how far, do these rival nations intend to go - politically, diplomatically and economically in the region?
No career in Japan
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Why do so many Korean's in Japan hide their identity?
After the Second World War, many Koreans were brought to Japan as conscripted labour to bolster the manufacturing industries. They were treated mercilessly. Yet thousands decided to make this so-called enemy state their own. To this day, many Koreans feel forced to hide their identity in fear of discrimination. People & Power reports on a minority community living in a land often defined by ethnic purity.
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This episode of People & Power aired from Sunday November 25, 2007 at the following times GMT:
Monday: 01:30 and 13.30
Tuesday: 06:30 and 20.30
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