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Media Release

Fiji bids farewell to a friend

June 10. 2011: Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama with members of the Cabinet bid farewell to a true friend of Fiji – Chinese Ambassador to Fiji His Excellency Dr Han Zhiqiang at Boron House on Thursday.

In his farewell remarks, Fijian Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola thanked Dr Han for his work in bringing together the two countries.      

“It is without a doubt that our relations has developed and strengthened on the basis of mutually beneficial cooperation, characterized by frequent high level-visits, exchanges at the official levels, and a high degree of development cooperation,” Ratu Inoke said.

“From the Chinese side, this cooperation is in the form of infrastructure development, capacity building, and technical assistance.”

Under his tenure China’s assistance towards projects around the country have increased significantly and Government has credited Dr Han for this.

“Dr Han provided the necessary impetus to conclude various infrastructure projects that had been in the pipeline without completion; plus a number of projects approved and implemented under Dr Han’s stewardship - these infrastructure projects, ranging from bridge construction projects, fencing project around Government House and the national Museum, the IT data bank, the provision of mechanical equipment for use in rural development project among others,” Ratu Inoke said.

He added Fiji hoped that Dr Han would return.

“We trust that you have enjoyed your time here since November 2008, and look forward to your visiting our shores again, hopefully in the not too distant future,” Ratu Inoke said.

“We also trust that in your next appointment, this friendship will endure, and we wish you all the very best for the future.”

Fiji was Dr Han’s first ambassadorial posting and he has learnt a lot in terms of bringing together two nations.

“I have spent marvelous time working and promoting the ever – growing relations between our two countries. I want to personally thank the Government, and the people of Fiji for your kind support and considerate advice for my career,” Dr Han said.

“My dear friends, I am going with best memories and priceless friendship. No matter where I will be, which posting I will serve, I shall always care for Fiji and pray for Fiji.”

Fiji and China have had formal diplomatic relations for just over 35 years.