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Leaders Happy With Xi Meet Here

Leaders from Pacific island countries are happy after meeting the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who is in Fiji for a state visit. Mr Xi met the heads of state and
23 Nov 2014 11:43
Leaders Happy With Xi Meet Here
PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill andSamoan Prime Minister Tuileapa Sailele Malielegaoi at Denarau yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Leaders from Pacific island countries are happy after meeting the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who is in Fiji for a state visit.

Mr Xi met the heads of state and their delegations and signed memorandums of understanding yesterday.

Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said:

“We are happy with the meeting that has taken place. We also recognise the special efforts from India and China gathering all the Pacific island leaders and to Fiji for hosting the event.”

Discussions between the Samoan government and the Chinese government also covered co-operation on climate change.

“This meeting is very important. There are areas where different island governments have different characteristics, for example, climate change has severe impact on some Pacific islands,” he said.

Meanwhile Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minster, Peter O’Neill said it was important for the Pacific to engage with China.

“China is a very important global player so it is important that we stay engaged with them.

“Not only in trade and relations but security and climate change as well and it is important that we stay engaged with China on these issues,” he said.

Mr O’Neill said that with the long standing and growing relationship PNG will be looking forward to further partnership with the Chinese government.

He was very happy with how things turned out.

“The thought to have this meeting has been very good, Fiji has always been a good host of these sort of events and it is very convenient,” he said.

varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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