People’s Republic of China Consul General visits
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China based in Los Angeles, Liu Jian and his wife and secretary arrived in the Territory on Monday and will be here until Friday, Feb. 21. Acting Governor Lemanu P. Mauga is hosting the Consul General and his wife while they are in American Samoa for the week.
Prior to arriving in the territory, Jian met with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in Hawai’i.
According to a statement issued by the governor’s office, Jian’s visit is the first by a high ranking diplomat from the People’s Republic of China.
“Governor Lolo M. Moliga addressed a variety of issues with the Consul General, which included fisheries development, economic development, tourism, trade, and some of the social issues involving citizens of the Republic of China, who are in American Samoa.”
The governor also assured Jian the American Samoa Government is very sensitive to the needs of the Chinese living in American Samoa, ensuring their human rights are protected.
Lolo told the Consul General of his Amnesty initiative, which was launched this week, noting it provides the opportunity to all foreigners living in American Samoa without proper immigration documents to register to have this corrected, so they can remain legally in American Samoa.
Jian informed the Governor that the purpose of his trip to American Samoa is to gain firsthand knowledge and information about the islands, and to update his office as it has been a long time since there has been any contact with the Territory of American Samoa.
The Consul General told the governor that he and his wife were in the independent island-nation of Samoa 30 years ago where they spent four years working in a diplomatic post there; and they have fond memories of the islands and are anxious to visit after a 30-year absence from the Pacific.
Of his interest in American Samoa, Jian said he looks forward to further dialogue on the identification of key areas in which collaboration could be fashioned yielding mutual benefits for the People’s Republic of China and the Territory of American Samoa.
Jian also expressed his appreciation to Governor Lolo for providing the opportunity to facilitate the start of dialogue, which he hopes to pursue in the future between the two parties.