Chinese foreign minister visits Samoa to deepen Pacific ties

ChinaThe foreign minister met the leaders of Samoa on Saturday in the third leg of an island-hopping tour aimed at deepening China’s ties with Pacific countries.

The two sides signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement, a transfer certificate for an arts and culture center and the Samoa-China Friendship Park, and an exchange of letters for a fingerprint laboratory for police, a Samoan government press release said.

Australia and the United States are closely watching Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s 10-day trip, fearing that China is laying the groundwork for a possible military presence in the region that would extend its reach further into the world. Peaceful.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, is escorted from his plane as he arrives in Honiara, Solomon Islands, early Thursday, May 26, 2022. Wang and a 20-person delegation arrived in the Solomon Islands early in an eight-week nationwide tour of the Pacific that comes amid growing concerns over Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the region. (AP Photo) (AP)

China says developing its economic and security ties with Pacific countries does not pose a threat to others.

Wang, who arrived from Kiribati on Friday evening and departed for Fiji on Saturday afternoon, met Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and paid a courtesy visit to Head of State Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi 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, according to the Samoan statement.

He described China as a key development partner for Samoa, providing infrastructure for health, education and government, human resource development, sports development and technical assistance in agriculture.

In Fiji, Wang will host a meeting with Pacific island foreign ministers and hopes to win the endorsement of 10 Pacific nations for a comprehensive deal that would cover everything from security to fisheries.

He began his trip on Thursday in the Solomon Islands.

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