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Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua.
Apia, SAMOA — China will roll out fresh offers of cash and red-carpet trips when Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua meets Pacific leaders in Samoa next week to spruik Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative. Mr Hu, a senior Chinese Communist Party Politburo member, will try to convince Pacific...
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Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — For thousands of Australians, the sun-drenched Pacific Islands represent the perfect getaway.   Fiji, Tonga and Samoa are just a short flight from Australia's major eastern cities, and the laidback island resorts cater to all budgets.   On the other side of the Pacific...
Gary Juffa
Port Moresby, PNG — A member of Papua New Guinea's parliament says the Pacific Islands should not be lumped in with Asia as a region. Gary Juffa, the Governor of Oro province, said the Asia-Pacific tag was a misnomer as far as Pacific Island countries are concerned. According to him, the Pacific...
 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....