Nauru President confirm Chinese delegation entry visa issued

Baron Waqa, President of Nauru. Picture: RNZ

By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Nauru

YAREN, (PACNEWS) – The diplomatic tussle between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan has reared its ugly head again at the 49th Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru – with some members questioning the host governments treatment of China’s representatives attending the annual meeting of Pacific Leaders.

Officials from a member country that spoke to PACNEWS are concerned with the treatment of China, given that it is a Post-Forum Dialogue partner of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Media reports in New Zealand say the Prime Minister of Samoa had raised the issue in a letter to the President of Nauru last week.

When questioned by the media in Nauru Monday, President Baron Waqa confirmed that Chinese Government officials had applied for Entry Visa using their diplomatic passport but this was not allowed.

“We have a reciprocal visa arrangement. When we travel to China for meetings and workshops, we use our ordinary passports. So likewise when they come here, we reciprocate that arrangement to them.

“We have issue them visas to attend the meeting here in Nauru, said President Waqa.

An official who spoke to PACNEWS said its time the Pacific Islands Forum establish a policy on how to deal with countries like China and Taiwan, who have relationships with members of the Pacific Islands Forum. This should be done now given that Tuvalu, who is an ally of Taiwan will host next year’s Forum Leaders’ Summit, said the official.

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