The Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed China's push to establish a 21st century Maritime Silk Road which will include Oceania and East Africa.
Proposed by Xi Jinping the development strategy focuses on connectivity and cooperation between China and countries primarily in Europe and Asia.
It has two components a land based "Silk Road Economic Belt" and the "Maritime Silk Road".
Speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan, China, the Pacific Island Forum's Deputy Secretary General Andie Fong Toy welcomed China's Belt and Road Initiative as a contribution to global economic leadership, to address the great need for infrastructure, connectivity, human capital development and access to markets, at a time when the world economy faces serious challenges.
It is estimated that the development strategy will cost anywhere between four and eight trillion US dollars to implement.