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What we are not being told about the Chinese in Fiji.

June 9, 2013

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Samoa’s opposition leader says Chinese demands are ‘ridiculous’

The Beijing Investment Management Company says it wants a land lease for 160 years, tax exemptions, and the right to bring 30,000 of its own workers into Samoa.  Samoa Samoan leaders have expressed disbelief over the demands of a Chinese company hoping to invest in the nation. Among its conditions, the Beijing Investment Management Company says it wants a land lease for 160 years, tax exemptions, and the right to bring in 30,000 of its own workers. Palusalue Faapo II, the leader of the opposition in Samoa, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat these requests are “ridiculous”. “I think these Chinese business people think that Samoa is so desperate for investors that they come up with these ridiculous requests and exemption from all the taxes and also in terms of employment they’re thinking that Samoa can be easily exploited,” Mr Faapo said.

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