“We welcome Beijing with open arms”: West Papua Rebel Leader

Benny Wenda, the leader of the West Papua separatist movement, is laying out a welcome mat for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to step into the ongoing Papua conflict and achieve state independence.

“Our struggle has been going on for nearly 60 years,” said a rebel leader from his home in Oxford, near London.

“My people are not safe in Indonesian hands. Since 1960, about 500,000 men, women and children have been killed,” he said. Australian person.. “Indonesia is basically a slow genocide, and Australia and New Zealand are refusing to deal with this humanitarian crisis.”

“If China wants to help us, we open our arms and welcome them,” Wenda said, saying that the group would receive support from any country, even if they were not ideologically consistent. It was open.

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On August 29, 2019, hundreds of demonstrators marched near Jayapura, Papua’s largest city, set fire to local meetinghouses and threw rocks at shops and hotels. (Cleine / AFP via Getty Images)

Wenda Provisional president The United Liberation Movement for West Papua, established in 2014 New umbrella group For the separatist movement in the region.

Wenda’s comment came just a week after the Solomon Islands Prime Minister of Malaita revealed his firm support for Taiwan, despite switching Beijing’s diplomatic relations in September 2019.

“What we saw from the involvement of the People’s Republic of China with other countries in the region is that everything looks pretty good at first, but in the end, each country deals with the problems associated with trading. I find it difficult, with China, “he said.

However, Joseph Siracusa, a part-time professor of political history of international diplomacy at Curtin University, said Beijing has little interest in openly intervening in Papua’s militants.

“Blatant interference with fierce conflicts in other sovereign states is not currently in China’s national interest, nor is it selling the Belt and Road virtues to the undeveloped world,” he told The Epoch Times.

“But they may change their tactics in the future, but not now,” he added.

Wenda’s appeal comes from the continued promotion of CCP’s soft power to the South Pacific region through advertising, foreign aid, and infrastructure investment under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

BRI is Beijing’s $ 1 trillion global infrastructure financing scheme that has been criticized for incurring debt to developing countries.