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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

China Celebrates National Day

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30th September 2011, Holiday Inn, Suva: The Chinese Embassy hosted its 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Invited guests at the occasion included His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Filipe Bole, high ranking officials, members of Diplomatic Corps and representatives of the local Chinese community.

In his address, H.E. Ambassador Huang Yong of China spoke on Fiji’s beautiful scenery, amicable smile of the Fiji people and the sincere friendship between China and Fiji since he assumed office as the Chinese Ambassador to Fiji two months ago.”The attendance by H. E. Ratu Nailatikau to the Shenzhen Universiade in August and Chinese Vice Premier Mr. HUI Liangyu’s recent visit to Fiji promoted mutual political understanding between the two countries. China and Fiji have over the years, increased its partnership in the areas of trade, culture, education and not the least, tourism. Examples of such cooperation are visible in the about-to-be established Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific as well as the newly formed Fiji-China Friendship Association headed by the Honourable Jiko Luveni, Minister for Women and Social Welfare”, says the Hon. China Ambassador.

Having the same desire of economic prosperity and social stability, the Hon. Mr Huang firmly supported the efforts of the two countries to choose the road of economic development and social progress for the benefit of its citizens.
 
In his speech, the Hon. Filipe Bole said Fiji was the first Pacific Island country to establish diplomatic relations with China, and the friendship and contacts between the two countries are bounded by “all weather friendship” and “all round” cooperation. The high-level visit by the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. CUI Tiankai and transit visit by Vice Premier H.E.Mr. HUI Liangyu were testimonies to the deepening relationship between the two countries.

Mr. Bole pointed out that economic and trade, people-to-people contacts, cooperation and coordination in international and regional affairs were the three major cooperation areas between China and Fiji. “In many ways, China’s accomplishments serve to inspire Fiji in the efforts to eradicate poverty in the society and bring greater and more tangible benefits to all the Fiji people. Fiji applauds the unselfish endeavors of China in sharing the vital lessons of development experiences with Fiji thus Fiji will continue to strengthen the friendly and cooperative relations with China on the basis of ‘One China’ principle”, said the Acting Minister.

China established diplomatic ties with Fiji in 1975 and the two countries have enjoyed the exchanges and cooperation in political, economic, cultural, educational and many other areas in the past 36 years.

(Speech by the Acting Minister Filipe Bole available here)

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(Left-right:H.E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Hon. Filipe Bole and H.E. Huang Yong at the Holiday Inn, Suva)