February 23, 2021

[SHARE] China to aid Kiribati in developing Fiji land

Kiribati has announced plans to work with China in developing a huge piece of land on the Fijian island of Vanua Levu.

The five-and-a-half thousand acre estate was purchased in 2014 as a place for Kiribati citizens to relocate if their islands became uninhabitable due to climate change.

Local reaction to the news has been mixed but Former Kiribati President Anote Tong said he was in favour of the land being developed.

"The question really is would China be a partner that I would choose... I did not choose China in 2003 I chose Taiwan," He said.

"What the current government is doing it may be an option... Fiji [has] had some problems with the developments the Chinese private sector have been involved in."

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