Incoming Samoan leader says China port plan unrealistic, will keep up pressure on Australia over climate change

 Incoming Samoan leader says China port plan unrealistic, will keep up pressure on Australia over climate change

Samoa’s expected new prime minister says a China-backed port development for the country is unrealistic, and that her approach to the economy will be based around sustainable decisions.

In a wide-ranging interview with the ABC, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa also said her government would keep up its pressure on Australia over climate change.

Work on a new wharf in Vaiusu Bay, dubbed a “China-funded project” by long-time prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, had been due to begin soon.

But Fiame, who is expected to form government on Monday when parliament sits, said her priorities would be elsewhere.

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“We’re a small country. At the moment our ports, our airport meets the needs of a small country,” Fiame told the ABC’s Pacific Beat…

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