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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government is looking at purchasing a Twin Otter aircraft from China to expand the Samoa Airways fleet.   Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi travelled on a Samoa Airways-owned Twin Otter to the recent Polynesian Leaders Summit in Tuvalu, but it was a two-hour...
Suva FIJI — The arrival of a Chinese surveillance ship in Suva on the same day the Australian navy visited was purely a coincidence, China's ambassador to Fiji says. The Yuanwang 7, which is used to track and support Chinese Army satellites and intercontinental ballistic missiles, docked near the...
Aerial view of the Friendship Park concept plan [courtesy rendering]
Apia, SAMOA — Based on the Memorandum of Understanding on Friendly Cooperation between City of Huizhou, the People's Republic of China and the Independent State of Samoa co-signed by Mayor Mai Jiaomeng of Huizhou and Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa in 2015...
Monalisa Tia'i Nafo'i is the first woman to be appointed as deputy police chief in Samoa.  [photo: RNZI]
MAY IS ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLAND HERITAGE MONTH In proclaiming May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, U.S. President Donald J. Trump said, “This month, and every month, we honor the more than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who call America home,...
 Chinese Ambassador in Samoa Wang Xuefeng and PM Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi at the presentation of 20 brand new Sedan vehicles for the Pacific Island Forum meeting to be hedl in Samoa next week. [Photo: Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — A top Chinese diplomat says the relationship between China and Samoa has become the model for Beijing's co-operation with Pacific Island countries. The assessment was given to a visiting Samoan parliamentary delegation by China's special envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum, Du Qiwen....
Britain's Prince Charles, takes a drink with Chief Sine Mao Tirsupe, President of the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, during a visit to the Chief's nakamal, as he visits the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, April 7, 2018. [Photo: Pool via Reuters/Steve Parsons]
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — Western countries will step up economic contacts with Pacific nations to lever them away from China’s spreading sphere of influence, overtures to be backed by increased military surveillance and intelligence operations. As unease grows over Beijing’s strategic objectives and...
Port Vila, VANUATU — Vanuatu says it's not in talks with China on a new military base. Fairfax Media has reported China approached Vanuatu about building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific. However, the Pacific nation's foreign minister Ralph Regenvanu told the ABC on Tuesday there...