The bishop of Fiji warns the “new colonial army”

Fiji’s bishops have warned that “new colonial powers” are moving to the Pacific Islands.

“Today a new colonial army is moving into Fiji,” said Archbishop Peter Roy Chong of Suva.

“There are fears about China and its mining industries and companies.

Approximately 1 million people live on the Fiji island chain. There are deposits of gold and copper, and the fishing industry and timber industry are thriving.

As Fiji celebrated its 52nd anniversary of independence from Britain, Chong spoke of his concerns and fears for the island nation.

Chinese companies are active in the Pacific, and the US and Australia are looking to strengthen ties with governments in the region, he said.

Fiji performed military exercises last month with the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

He says that local communities do not participate in decision -making.

Instead, decisions about trade, foreign debt, and capital spending are made with little or no information from the majority of the people affected.

“The division between the national elite and the local community hinders true participation.”

Jung says that Fiji has experienced an “uncertain era.”

“We live in fear. It is dangerous to speak out for truth and justice. I was threatened to speak out,” he says.

“Nation-states have not disappeared in globalization, but they now operate in a different context.

“Nation-states hold power, but they must exercise that power in cooperation with other powerful states and multinational corporations. In fact, it is the multinational corporations that rule the world. .”

Fiji is a religiously diverse country. Two-thirds are Christians, the main denomination being Methodist. About 10% of the country is Catholic.

The Catholic Church has played two important roles in Fiji’s political history, Chong said. These are:

  • Provide the requirements of fair social behavior stipulated in the social teachings of the Bible and Catholicism
  • Under the name of justice and the kingdom of God, accuse social, economic, or political behavior and structure.

“The Church wants to build a just society, built on a solid foundation of four fundamental values: truth, liberty, justice and love.

“In its commitment to a just society, the Catholic Church seeks to strengthen true democracy in Fiji,” he says.

“On behalf of the Catholic Church of Fiji, I pray that all Fijians will work together for a truly independent, democratic and just society in which the principles of participation, assistance, human dignity and freedom are practiced. increase.”


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