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 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...

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