FRENCH POLYNESIA PRESIDENT TO VISIT CHINA IN DECEMBER

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Oct. 31) – French Polynesia President Oscar Temaru has confirmed plans to make an official visit to China in December, a trip that Tahiti's new Chinese consul plans to prepare for.

Temaru talked about his China trip during a diplomatic meeting Saturday with Dongyue Zhang, the newly arrived Chinese consul for French Polynesia, and the delegation accompanying him.

"Mr. Zhang informed the president that his first mission will be to prepare for his (Temaru's) visit to China, which will occur in early December," Temaru's media office announced in a communiqué sent out Monday.

Temaru was originally scheduled to visit China a few months ago, but that visit was called off.

Other members of the Chinese delegation included Jianming Li, the administrative leader; Wei Yang, head accountant; and Ye Tian, third secretary at the Chinese Embassy in Paris.

Zhang told Temaru that he is trying to find facilities with some 1,500 square meters (16,146 sq. ft.) to house his consulate office in Papeete. One possible location is the land that was once used for a Chinese consulate office opposite the French Navy base in downtown Papeete. However, that land is temporarily tied up in a court suit.

Temaru told Zhang that his government would do all it could to find an appropriate office for the Chinese consul.

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