Papua New Guinea vow to burn all Asian shops

Greg Roberts; 29/5/09

Activists are threatening to burn all Asian shops as racial tensions escalate across Papua New Guinea. The warning came as Malaysian logging company Rimbunan Hijau accused the media in PNG of fuelling anti-Asian sentiment, and the Malaysian and Chinese consulates in Port Moresby issued safety warnings to their nationals. Four people have been killed since rioting began this month with a fight between Chinese and PNG workers at the Ramu nickel refinery, which is owned by Chinese company Metallurgical Construction Corporation. Rioting and looting have spread to Port Moresby and major provincial centres, with Asian-owned stores the main target.