my concern here is that before we realize it, our lands and resources will have already been devoured by china's inexhaustible hunger for raw materials, e.g., seabed, coral, and deep-sea mining rights, et al. these are rights that are ostensibly wholly and polynesian. arguably, corrupt and scrupulous politicians reap the initial payouts/profits but relinquish and obliterate traditional rights of the collective for centuries to come. this is a national tragedy who's onus is on us, the people, not the politicians. obviously, this is an educational and conventional initiative.
america's 'soft-power' has definitely taken a toll after iraq, but there is no question as to america's hegemonic 'hard-power' being second or third, combined. let's think of it this way, america has, for the most part, lead the world mostly through soft-power. america lead by attracting the world to its values and ideals; its constitution, its bill of rights - that almost every voice globally, seems to yearn for these days. i don't think china discredited america in this aspect, america's genius was in the seed that it grew, concomitantly, with democracy.
as far as clinton's visit, i think it's all window-dressing, a photo-op for the "been-there-done-that " political album. my reservation is that america isn't taking into account the regional ramifications if all of polynesia is 'bought and sold' like coconuts swaying in the trees, ripe for picking. there needs a to a water-shed moment where polynesian politicians realize they're selling off their most valuable assets, which up until this time, no one realized. collectively, our culture and lands are our most important possessions....
if we we don't have that, we don't have anything....