PACIFIC leaders have been the recipients of largesse from India’s prime minister and China’s president, who visited Fiji last week.
Meanwhile, a new ANZ Bank report details the increasingly close links between China’s aid and its investment in the Pacific.
China’s president Xi Jinping met with the leaders of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Cook Islands and Niue on the first state visit to Fiji by a Chinese leader. It followed the G20 summit in Brisbane.
Xi invited Pacific leaders to take a ride on the Chinese ‘express train’ of development, and confirmed a series of aid measures agreed to last year.
That ‘express train’ is impressive, as China is now the second largest economy in the world, producing over US$10 trillion in output a year.