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.
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.