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太平洋岛国萨摩亚希望能通过调整其所在时区而促进本国商业贸易。萨摩亚目前与其最重要交易伙伴之一澳大利亚之间相差21小时。此次调整时区预计从2011年底开始执行。以下是来自 Mike Wooldridge 的报道。

When Samoa put itself on the east side of the international dateline back in 1892, it was apparently to do same-day business with Californian traders across the Pacific.

Now the main trading partners are nearby New Zealand and Australia and countries in East Asia.

But on Sunday when Samoans are in church, cities such as Sydney and Brisbane are already into Monday and the new working week.

And while Samoans are still doing business on Friday, Australians and New Zealanders have already begun their weekend.

There will be a price to pay: Samoa markets itself as the last place on earth to witness each day's sunset.

But to compensate, the prime minister has another proposition for those who enjoy travel curiosities.

By making a flight of less than an hour from the US territory of American Samoa, which isn't moving across the dateline, it will be possible to celebrate the same day twice - and on the same date, have two birthdays, two anniversaries or even two weddings.

Mike Wooldridge, BBC News


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