Kiribati President Taneti Maamau and Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured in Beijing on January 6, 2020. Photo: Reuters
Kiribati President Taneti Maamau and Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured in Beijing on January 6, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Kiribati’s China-backed airstrip upgrade fuels political divisions in Pacific nation

  • The Pacific Island’s government and Beijing say the proposed revamp of the airstrip is to upgrade transport links
  • But opposition figures are questioning the purpose of the project, which will draw attention from the US and Australia

Kiribati President Taneti Maamau and Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured in Beijing on January 6, 2020. Photo: Reuters
Kiribati President Taneti Maamau and Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured in Beijing on January 6, 2020. Photo: Reuters
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