Twenty-three tertiary students from Samoa are off to China after being awarded scholarships to study the country's culture.
China's Ambassador to Samoa Madame Li Yanduan says it is important for the students to study and learn more about her country's way of life and explore its people.
She has encouraged them to use the opportunity well to return to serve the Samoa government and apply their knowledge.
"Between China and Samoa we have a very long distance. It is not easy for our people to understand, to know each other. And all these student [should] just apply the messages of the friendship and the culture:"
At present more than 50 Samoan tertiary students are studying in China, in a range of areas including architecture, tourism management, information technology, accounting, and various fields of engineering.