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China committed to boost Fiji relations
9:40 pm GMT+12, 03/02/2019, Fiji

The Chinese government is committed to working with Fiji to boost relations between the two countries to new heights.
 
While delivering his address at this year’s Spring Festival reception, Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo said practical cooperation between Fiji and China will bring tangible benefits for its citizens.
 
He said relations between the two countries continue to grow from strength to strength through the facilitation of high- level exchanges, practical cooperation, cooperation between local governments and people to people exchange.
 
“With the direction of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, China is committed to breaking new ground in major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, building a community with a shared future for humankind,” Qian said.
 
“As genuine and close friends,China and Fiji are important development partners, with shared concerns and interests.”
 
“With President Xi’s successful meeting with the leaders of Pacific island countries last November, a new chapter has opened for China-Fiji relations.”
 
Qian highlighted China’s achievements saying their Gross Domestic Product increased by 6.6per cent achieving the expected growth target of about 6.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted that the Chinese-Fijian community has been an invaluable partner in our nation’s development.
 
He added that over the course of 165 years the Chinese community has truly proven to be an integral part of our society.
 
“We’ve seen the implementation of a revolutionary constitution that has guaranteed equality for every Fijian, regardless of who they are or where they come from,” he said.
 
“And we’ve held our nation’s first two elections that were truly free and fair, where one person equals one vote cementing this legacy for generations to come.”
 
Bainimarama also commended the young people participating in rich cultural traditions like the wonderful lion and dragon dances which always “brings joy to my heart,” he said.
 
“These displays make it clear that the tapestry of many ethnicities, faiths, and backgrounds the collective heritage that makes our country what it is today will continue to grow with the next generation.
 
“And I’m incredibly proud that, as they grow into adulthood and have families of their own, Fiji is growing alongside them.
 
“The opportunities for higher education, for employment in new and innovative industries and career paths, and for achieving the Fijian dream of personal success and fulfilment, have never been greater.
 
“As we lay this solid foundation of prosperity and stability, I can’t wait to see what our young people build upon it.”
 
Chinese Association president Jenny Seeto said it was pleasing to note the continuing friendship and cooperation between Fiji and China.
 
“We continue to play an active role in the welfare of our community and businesses and we are the main point of contact and coordination with the community, various government departments and private enterprises,” he said.

SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS


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