Simon Kofe, in Taipei, Taiwan November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Hamacher
Tuvalu rejects China offer to build islands and retains ties with Taiwan
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Tuvalufs foreign minister said on Thursday the South Pacific nation had rejected offers from Chinese companies to build artificial islands to help it cope with rising sea levels, an approach viewed as undermining Taiwanfs influence in the region.
Hon. Kausea Natano, in Funafuti 15,OCT,2019. / Shuuichi Endou
Tuvalu PM looks to Japan for help with 'artificial island' plan
Hon. Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, who took office in September 2019, said that Tuvalu launches artificial island project to adapt to sea level rise in the Funafara area of Funafuti Atoll, for the first overseas media interview after taking office Announced a request for support.(17/OCT/2019)
Left, Mr.Shuuichi Endou. Right, Hon. Kausea Natano
Presentation at the side event
Presentation of Tuvalu's survival measures at cop23
On November 14, 2017, Shuuichi Endou who is reder of NGO/NPO Tuvalu Overview made presentations on the Funafala eco island project with Hon. Enele Sopoaga, Prime Ministerof Tuvalu and Siliga Kofe, Funafuti island Chief.
Prime Minister giving a speech on the necessity of this project
This plan as a countermeasure against climate change which has already become apparent in the country was acclaimed from the venue.
The project goal is to create an artificial island 10 meters above sea level.
We are seeking financial support for this project. Technical support as well as financing is also required. If you are interested please contact us.
From right, Prime Minister, Mrs. Prime Minister, Shuuichi Endou and Island Chief
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