MALAITANS GOING TO CHINA TO LOOK FOR INVESTORS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 28, 2002 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online)--A delegation from Malaita Province is going to China to seek investors, despite the Solomon Islands having diplomatic relations with Taiwan and not China.

Led by the province's caretaker premier, David Oeta, the group consists of the province's caretaker fisheries and lands ministers and the provincial secretary.

Mr. Oeta said the trip is in line with the Townsville Peace Agreement, where Malaita and Guadalcanal delegates are allowed to take overseas trips to seek potential investors to rehabilitate the provinces.

Mr. Oeta explained that the trip is not to seek financial assistance but to see if there are interested investors in the fisheries, agriculture and small scale manufacturing sectors.

He said the Republic of China (Taiwan) ambassador in Honiara has been informed.

Mr. Oeta said he will be careful in what he's going to say in Beijing so as not to spoil the good relationship the Solomon Islands has with Taiwan.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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