16 May 2013

China plans summit with Pacific Island countries - report

7:37 pm on 16 May 2013

China is reported to be planning a summit with Pacific Islands leaders in November.

The Solomon Star reports that while Chinese officials have been tight-lipped about the event, they have confirmed in private that the three-day meeting will take place in Guangzhou.

The paper quotes an unnamed official as saying China will offer a package of soft loans of one billion US dollars, available to all Pacific Islands nations.

Officials say although Solomon Islands has no diplomatic relations with China, it will be invited.

Other large countries, such as Japan and France, have in recent years hosted the Pacific Island countries.