Samoa To Scrap China-Backed Port Project Under New Leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

Samoa To Scrap China-Backed Port Project Under New Leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

Samoa's expected new prime minister has pledged to cancel a $128 million Chinese-backed port development, calling it excessive for the tiny Pacific island already heavily indebted to China.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, the opposition leader, set to become Samoa's first female prime minister after a weeks-long political impasse, said she intended to maintain good relations with China, but she had more pressing needs to address than the port project.
  • The project has also threatened to spark a waterfront contest in the Pacific as the United States and its allies respond to China's growing influence in the region.
  • According to a report in the Samoa Observer, the project was in the final stages of negotiation with China, with work set to begin when international borders reopen.
  • Samoa, which relies on subsistence farming and tourism, fish, and coconut product exports, had turned to bigger nations for development funding even before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted trade and suspended tourism.

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