Samoa Prime Minister plays down fears over China in Pacific

Channel NewsAsia | Aug 15, 2019 at 2:19 PM
  • WELLINGTON: Pacific island leaders do not share Australia’s concerns about China’s rising influence in the region, Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi said Thursday (Aug 15).
  • Leaders from the likes of Tuvalu, Palau and Fiji have accused Australia of not doing enough to deal with an “existential threat” to the region’s low-lying island nations.
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison concedes climate change is an issue but rejects suggestions it is a crisis requiring urgent action, arguing it can be managed in a way that does not hurt the economy.