Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together during a welcome ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in January. Photo: AP Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together during a welcome ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in January. Photo: AP
Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together during a welcome ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in January. Photo: AP
Pacific nations

Chinese diplomat pictured walking on locals’ backs highlights Pacific power struggle

  • Kiribati locals say the practice is a customary welcome for dignitaries and the photo of the Chinese ambassador has been taken out of context
  • The episode casts a fresh spotlight on Beijing’s ties with the Pacific nation, which seeks funding for an ambitious and expensive island-raising project

Topic |   Pacific nations
Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together during a welcome ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in January. Photo: AP Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together during a welcome ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in January. Photo: AP
Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together during a welcome ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in January. Photo: AP
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