People’s Republic of China

People’s Republic of China continues to support the Pacific Islands Forum

The money was handed over to Forum’s Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor last week.

During the handover, the SG thanked China for their ongoing support through the fund and strong relationship between China and Pacific.

“I’d particularly like to thank you for the ongoing support to the Pacific Trade and Invest (PTI China) office in Beijing. The trade relationships we have with China are very important and the work of this office continues to help in their development,” she said.

China has new PNG envoy

Ambassador Xue Bing  replaces Ambassador Li Ruiyou.

Papua New Guinea and the People’s Republic of China formalised diplomatic relations 41 years ago, on 12 October 1976.

Governor-General Dadae said: “The bilateral ties between our two countries remain friendly and are steadily increasing.”

He assured Ambassador Xi of the PNG Government support during his tenure.

South Korea reports its first 2 deaths from MERS virus

South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country's first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries.

Most of South Korea's cases have had connections to the first patient - either medical staff who treated him or patients who stayed near him at the hospital before he was diagnosed and isolated, and their family members.

Over 400 still missing from capsized cruise ship in China

The vessel capsized in the storm Monday night with 458 people aboard, touching off a frantic rescue effort. At least 15 people were brought to safety, including three pulled from the overturned hull Tuesday, and five people were confirmed dead.

The vessel was carrying mostly elderly tourists from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing when it overturned in China's Hubei Province.