24 Nov 2014

Xi's talks with Pacific leaders focus on climate and infrastructure

8:21 pm on 24 November 2014

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says climate change formed a major part of talks with the Chinese President Xi Jin Ping at the weekend.

The leaders of eight Pacific Island Countries with diplomatic relations with China met with Mr Xi in Fiji on Saturday.

Pacnews reports the agenda of the hour long discussion focussed on a US$2 billion soft loan offered by China for infrastructure development.

Tuilaepa says all the leaders had a wish list and officials would go back and work on their priorities.

Xi Jinping and Frank Bainimarama

Xi Jinping and Frank Bainimarama Photo: supplied

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says he reiterated trade, security and climate change issues and during the one on one meeting with Mr Xi he explored China's assistance for hosting the APEC meeting in 2018.

Vanuatu's Foreign Minister Sato Kilman says the main issues for discussion were infrastructure development, economic development and climate change issues.