The Pacific Islands Forum is aiming to strengthen links with China this week.
The secretary general, Dame Meg Taylor, is leading a delegation to Beijing, Guangzhou and Hainan Province, with a focus on partnerships for sustainable development.
She said China was a valued partner of the Pacific region and the Forum was looking forward to a deeper and more dynamic relationship.
Dame Meg said increasingly China was taking a leadership role in addressing climate change.
She said the agency hoped it continues this role as the world implements the bold initiatives of the Paris Agreement.