JIANG ZEMIN MEETS THE CHINESE COMMUNITY

PRESIDENCY OF FRENCH POLYNESIA Communication Department Pape‘ete, French Polynesia

NEWS RELEASE April 4, 2001

IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

The President of the People’s Republic of China, Jiang Zemin, has met with representatives of the Chinese community in French Polynesia. The meeting was at the Meridien Hotel, this morning at 11:30 a.m.

Made up of 25 people, the delegation was flattered by what the President Zemin said regarding the local Chinese community. He pointed out how delighted he was to meet with the Overseas Chinese community, estimated at 30 million people, coming from all around the world.

Most of the Chinese people in Tahiti come from Canton. The vivacity as well as the importance of the community within the Polynesian economic fabric captured the attention of President Zemin.

Ten thousand members (out of 230,000 inhabitants in French Polynesia) are part of the Chinese community.

The Chinese first arrived in French Polynesia in 1860’s, as laborers in the cotton plantations of Atimaono, on the west coast of Tahiti.

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