Chinese President could visit Samoa this year

03 February 2019, 12:00AM

China’s President, Xi Jinping , could visit Samoa before the end of the year.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in a statement issued by his Press Secretary yesterday, following the farewell for the outgoing Ambassador of China to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, on Friday night.

“You have shared with me that China’s President may visit Samoa before the end of this year and I urge you to do all you can to ensure that the State Visit happens when you return to the mainland,” Tuilaepa is quoted as saying.

“If it does, I will personally convey our request for assistance to build our Vaiusu Bay which will solve our economic setbacks.”

Speaking about the work of Mr. Wang during the past three years, Tuilaepa said he is a “unique diplomat who has gone beyond his call of duty to promote mutual cooperation ties between his country and Samoa.”

“As the People’s Republic of China’s Ambassador to Samoa for the last three and a half years, the Prime Minister noted that Wang has more than embrace Samoans in performing his diplomatic duties as evidenced by his numerous engagements with the wider community that has resulted in assistance and help for locals.”

Tuilaepa said he is grateful for the contribution by the outgoing diplomat. His recent exchange with Salega East MP, Olo Fiti Vaai, was also not lost on Prime Minister Tuilaepa.

Tuilaepa described the exchange as a “comedy show,” referring to Olo as “Parliament’s comedian.”

Read Tuilaepa’s prepared speech.

03 February 2019, 12:00AM

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