Sandy beach in Samoa

China

 

Chinese began coming to Samoa in the late 19th century, arriving as workers on European merchant ships and drawn in by German companies to work on the country’s extensive plantations.

Soon a Chinese population existed in Samoa and began establishing its own businesses and enterprises. The Chinese immigrants were known for their hard work, even in harsh conditions and treatment.

Many Chinese remained in Samoa, marrying local people and establishing families, the descendants of which remain in Samoa today. China’s contribution to the development of early Samoa has been recognised, and diplomatic relations between the two countries were formally established in November 1975. 

Today, China and Samoa continue to enjoy a friendly relationship, with Samoan people travelling to China for training opportunities and China’s government providing support to Samoa in a number of areas including medical and sport.

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