New Zealand announces funding for Samoa amid China tensions

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced financial support for Samoa on a visit to the Pacific Island nation, as she seeks to reaffirm New Zealand’s commitment to the region amid increased interest from China.

New Zealand will contribute NZ$15 million (US$9.5 million) as part of a new climate change partnership with Samoa to help it cope with climate change, Ardern said in a statement from Apia on Tuesday.

Another NZ$12 million (US$7.5 million) will be provided to assist with the rebuilding of a historic market in the capital destroyed by fire in 2016, she said.

SOURCE: BLOOMBER/PACNEWS