Al Jazeera Interview with Sir Michael Somare New Guinea (PNG) has long relied on foreign mining companies for its economic development.

But a new state-owned Chinese mine is causing controversy over its operations.

An influx of mainland Chinese migrants has created discontent among locals struggling with high levels of unemployment and poverty.

In this edition of 101 East we will discuss China’s influence in the Pacific and the effects it has on the people of PNG.

Fauziah Ibrahim, our presenter, is joined by Sir Michael Somare, PNG’s prime minister, to discuss China’s growing influence in his country.