2 Aug 2012

Samoa's Tuilaepa says China gives different aid to New Zealand and Australia

8:40 am on 2 August 2012

The Prime Minister of Samoa says the Government seeks financial help from the Chinese government because New Zealand and Australia do not offer assistance with administrative buildings and other projects.

The comments were made after the Prime Minister Tuilaepa met with the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key who is in Samoa to celebrate fifty years since the signing of the Treaty of Friendship.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa has previously said China is more flexible but he says what he meant was that the kind of assistance New Zealand and Australia give is different.

"The kind of assistance that the Chinese give are the types that are not normally under the normal assitance programme of New Zealand and Australia. Mainly administrative buildings and also sports facilties."

Prime Minister Tuilaepa says China only gives money when it is asked and has also helped the country by writing off a large loan.