18 May 2018

Cooks opposition questions Chinese presence ahead of election

From , 5:01 am on 18 May 2018

The Cook Islands opposition is questioning the timing of a visit by the Chinese ambassador to open a school so close to the general election.

Members of the Democratic Party met with Chinese ambassador Wu Xi to raise concerns about her attendance, two weeks ago, at the handover of the Chinese-funded $NZ14 million Apii Nikao school project.

The party's deputy leader James Beer told Tim Glasgow that there was also a funding boost before the 2014 election, and that the Chinese government's presence during both campaigns raised issues about the democratic process.

The Cook Islands MP for Murienua James Beer.

The Cook Islands MP for Murienua James Beer. Photo: RNZI/Cook Islands News