Chinese migrants to contribute to Samoa

New Chinese migrants coming into Samoa contribute to the social and economic development of the country, says China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng. 

Ambassador Wang made the comment while responding to a question on the increasing number of Chinese businessmen investing in Samoa and the threat of land alienation. 

“It’s not true for them to take over the land or anything like that,” Ambassador Wang said. 

“The fact is that you can see the Chinese businessmen they come; open a shop to sell the goods with low price, to provide some opportunities for jobs for the local people, and also to reduce some price of the food. 

“The coming of the third wave of Chinese migrants is good for both the Chinese businessmen because they can find a place to set up their business and also help the local people have a better life.” 

Ambassador Wang said Chinese businessmen and locals must work together as this would benefit everyone. 

“There are two sides. First, we should think, we are good friends; people of China and Samoa are good friends,” he said. 

“With the small issues that happen we should cooperate and work together to solve this and improve our mutual understanding. 

“For example, the newly coming businessmen they will learn more about the condition, the country, the history of Samoa and have more time to communicate with the local people, try to make friends with the local people.” 

Most Samoans, Ambassador Wang said, are kind to Chinese people and they share a very good relationship

“I think most of the Samoan friends are very kind to Chinese people and the Chinese people are sharing very good relationship with the new wave of Chinese people and the new Chinese businessmen coming into the country.

“In each country such kind of crime will happen. Only a few very, very few bad people maybe they want to have alcohol and at the time they don’t have any money, so they commit the crime by stealing, robbing etc.,” Ambassador Wang said responding to the concern raised by Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu on the rise in crime targeting Chinese nationals in Samoa. 

“We are touched by what the Chief Justice said and we express our thanks to the leaders and also the friends in the media because they remind us to be careful.”

Ambassador Wang is advising the Chinese community in Samoa to be extra vigilant when they go out in the night.

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