pol i t ical reviews micronesia 209 from Okinawa in 2010 promises a for copper by local scrap dealers sup- major economic shot in the arm to plying Chinese markets, thieves are the whole archipelago. Approximately actually stripping the copper tubing on $10 billion has been earmarked to anything from window air condition- develop infrastructure and facilities ers, live electric dropped lines, and on Guam; the impact of this spending power lines to streetlights along the will be felt in Saipan, Tinian, and even Beach Road walkway. Even telephone Rota. There may be a massive deple- switch boxes have been gutted, cutting tion of construction skills in Saipan as telephone services to entire neighbor- long-resident workers are given free hoods. access to the United States. Tinian samuel f mcphetres will almost certainly be utilized as a military training area on a permanent basis, requiring permanent infrastruc- ture on the island. It is also expected that the educational establishment Activities of Palau’s president and on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota will be National Congress, relocation of the expanded to provide vocational ser- national capitol, the Taiwan-spon- vices for people seeking employment sored summit with its Paciﬁ c allies, in the military.
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Published: Feb 11, 2008