Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
May 30, 2013: “China is ready and willing to assist Fiji and Pacific Island countries with development for the betterment of their peoples”.
These were the words of the President of the Peoples Republic of China, His Excellency, Xi Jinping while meeting with Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama this week.
Prime Minister Bainimarama is in Beijing at the invite of President Xi Jinping to attend the Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services.
President Xi acknowledged the current reforms of the Fijian Government and reiterated their stance to treat all countries in the world community with respect regardless of their size and wealth. President Xi also stated the commitment of his Government to support Fiji in Peacekeeping Missions and towards the protection of our Maritime Resources and they have more scholarships ready for our students to study in China.
Prime Minister Bainimarama also met with China’s Premier H.E Li Keqiang who reiterated the support stated by the President of China towards developing current relations with Fiji.
He assured PM Bainimarama of China’s continued support to Fiji within the capabilities of the Chinese Government. He also thanked PM Bainimarama for being instrumental in forging stronger ties with China and stated that his Government will continue to encourage Chinese investment in Fiji to grow the economy and improve the lives of Fijians.
Premier Li stated that China was looking at mutually beneficial agreements between the two countries in areas of personnel extradition, visa free status for certain groups, and agriculture and cultural development.
In return, PM Bainimarama thanked Premier Li for China’s assistance in infrastructure development and assistance in technical knowledge in areas of agriculture and engineering.
He briefly updated the two(2) leaders on Fiji’s progression towards Constitutional rule and ongoing preparation towards the 2014 General Election.
PM Bainimarama also thanked the Chinese Government for their support for Fiji and most importantly for being a true friend and recognizing Fiji’s sovereignty when dealing with internal issues and challenges.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji