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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Chinese Foreign Minister to visit Samoa to deepen Pacific ties

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – China’s foreign minister met with Samoa’s leaders on Saturday on the third leg of an island-hopping tour aimed at deepening China’s ties with Pacific countries.

A Samoan government news release said the two sides exchanged letters for an economic and technical cooperation agreement, a certificate for an arts and culture center and the Samoa-China Friendship Park, and a fingerprint laboratory for the police. Provided signed.

Australia and the United States closely watching 10-day trip by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, fearing that China could lay the groundwork for an eventual military presence in the region that will expand its reach in the Pacific. China maintains that the development of its economic and security ties with Pacific countries does not pose a threat to others.

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Wang, who arrived from Kiribati Left for Fiji on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, he met with Prime Minister of Samoan Fiamye Naomi Mata’fa and held a courtesy call with Head of State Tuimaliefano Valetoa Sualouwi II. His delegation included representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the International Development Agency.

Fiame and Wang discussed climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and security issues, the Samoan release said. It described China as a key development partner for Samoa, providing infrastructure for health, education and technical assistance in government, human resource development, sports development and agriculture.

In Fiji, Wang will host a meeting with the foreign ministers of the Pacific Islands and hopes to win the support of 10 Pacific countries for a comprehensive agreement That would include everything from security to fishing. He began his journey on Thursday in the Solomon Islands,

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