The island nation of Samoa signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation with China
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) and Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa attend the agreement signing ceremony between the two countries in Apia, Samoa on May 28 – Photo: SAMOA OBSERVER
According to Reuters news agency, Mr. Wang Yi ended his visit to Samoa on May 28. China and Samoa signed”economic and technical cooperation agreement”. Accordingly, “Samoa and the People’s Republic of China will continue to pursue greater cooperation for mutual benefit and commitment.”
The deal also includes an agreement to build a police fingerprinting lab and a police academy to “enhance the capacity” of law enforcement.
A press release from the Samoan government confirmed that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa met and discussed “climate change, pandemics and peace and security”.
The statement also said China will continue to provide infrastructure development assistance to various sectors of Samoa and will have a new framework for projects “to be identified and agreed upon” in the future. future.
Before that, the Chinese delegation visited the Solomon Islands and Kiribati. The group arrived in Samoa on the evening of May 27 and on the afternoon of May 28 to fly to Fiji. There, Mr. Wang Yi will meet Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and attend meetings with foreign countries in the Pacific.
The remaining destinations on the itinerary are Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s 10-day visit to eight South Pacific island nations from May 26 to June 4 is causing great interest in regional and international public opinion.
Western leaders have urged their regional partners to reject any attempt by China to expand the scope of their security in the region.
According to Reuters news agency, on May 26, the White House said the South Pacific island nation of Fiji would join President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF).
The Financial Times reports that Fiji’s joining the IPEF, just days before Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Fiji, gives the Biden administration a victory amid competition for influence with Beijing in the Pacific.
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