Chinese Embassy to move next to U.S. Residence
The Chinese Embassy located in Vailima and the residence of its Ambassador to Samoa will soon be relocating.
The Chinese Embassy will move just up the hill from its current location opposite the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Vailima.
Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Chao Xiaoliang, confirmed the relocation on Friday night during a welcome reception hosted by the Chinese Embassy.
“The space is too small,” he said referring to the small area that was crowded by guests during the event on Friday night.
The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, at the event also touched on the relocation plans.
“We look forward to when you will begin your new construction of your new headquarters and when we can expect more high level visits from China,” said Tuilaepa.
Prior to the event, Second Secretary to China’s Ambassador in Samoa, Liu Lin confirmed the new relocation area.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Ms. Lin said the new Embassy and residence of the Ambassador will be situated opposite the U.S. Ambassador’s residence up the road in Vailima.
Ms. Lin was unable to confirm if the land which the new headquarter will be relocated to is bought or on a lease basis.
As for plans the current Embassy space, she said it is still needed for the Embassy’s work.
Events that were recently hosted by the Chinese Embassy at its residence in Vailima were usually crowded with very little space for guests to move about.