Papua New Guinea​ anti-Asian violence

This item appears on page 22 of the August 2009 issue.

Port Moresby and the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea suffered riots in May as many Chinese-owned stores were ransacked and looted during three days of violence.

PNG Prime Minister Somare cited anger about corruption that has allowed a sudden rise in illegal immigration, with growing resentment against Chinese nationals who purchased small businesses, plus claims of unfair employment practices.