Expert found in China's Tahiti rental dispute

11:32 am on 23 August 2018

The Chinese consulate in French Polynesia has approved a building expert to conclude the controversial 11-year rental of its premises in Tahiti.

The building's owner said the mission accepted one of the experts proposed by her lawyers a day after she said she would ask a court to nominate one.

In turn, the owner had earlier rejected experts proposed by the consulate, and by the mutually agreed deadline of August 15 no common ground had been found.

The deadline was set out in a deal signed in April which allowed the Chinese consulate to stay on until the end of this month after it had failed to heed a notice to move out by February.

The expert is to ensure that the residence is restored to its original condition after the diplomats converted the residential home into an office without the owner's consent.

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