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China goes it alone on aid to Pacific

The Chinese government says it will not coordinate its development aid to the Pacific Islands with other donor nations.

Radio Australia reports New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as saying China had ‘made it clear’ it would not be bound by the Cairns Compact, which requires forum countries to adhere to strict review and reporting processes.

Some countries have called for a review of the Compact, saying the current process is too complex.

Meanwhile, Taiwan has pledged US$500,000 to support eight Pacific Island organisations in 2012.

The pledge was made at the Nineteenth Taiwan/Republic of China—Forum Countries Dialogue in New Zealand today.

The Forum Island Countries were represented by Hon. Danny Philip, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands; H.E Johnson Toribiong, President of the Republic of Palau; H.E. Marcus Stephen, President of the Republic of Nauru; Hon Apisai Ielemia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu; Hon John M. Silk, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Hon Natan Teewe, Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Kiribati. These governments all maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Taiwan has been asked to align its assistance with the key priorities of Forum leaders, including sustainable financing for climate change, strengthening development cooperation, renewable energy, labour mobility, renewable energy and energy efficiency, gender equality and people living with disabilities.

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