Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
2nd October 2012: The Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Cuin Tiankai of the People’s Republic of China today hosted lunch for Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
Mr Kubuabola is transiting through Beijing, China on his way to North Korea. The lunch also provided an opportunity to discuss bilateral issues concerning the two countries.
During the meeting, Mr Kubuabola thanked the Government of China for its valuable support towards Fiji’s successful bid to chair the G77 and China in 2013. At the same time, he expressed Fiji’s desire to work together with China in 2013 under its chairmanship to ensure that the goals and aspirations of the Group are effectively achieved.
“We appreciate China’s position on South-South Cooperation and its decision to provide funding to Fiji through bilateral mechanism and not through the Pacific Islands Forum’s Cairns Compact. This funding option is more effective and really addresses the real needs of the people”, said Mr. Kubuabola.
Mr. Tiankai said that the relations between the two countries over the years has grown from strength to strength which is indicative of the strong desire by the two Governments to work together and further advance issues of mutual interests to the two countries with full respect for equality, sovereignty and territorial integrity. He further reiterated China’s support towards Fiji’s Roadmap and the reform agenda of the Fijian Government.
Mr. Kubuabola leaves for Pyongyang this afternoon for a two-day visit as guest of DPRK Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji