Top Chinese Climate Change Leader Here
A high level Chinese delegation led by chief climate change negotiator Xie Zhenhua, will meet Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva today.
The Chinese delegation is here to discuss how China can assist Fiji in its presidency of COP23.
The meeting will also discuss bilateral issues.
China has stepped in to assist Fiji and financial assistance is likely to be discussed during their meeting.
Mr Xie and the delegation will also be doing site visits in Fiji as Fiji gears up for COP23 in Bonn, Germany, in November.
Mr Xie’s visit follows the visit by German State Secretary for the Environment, Jochen Flasbarth, who also came for COP23 related discussions earlier this month.
Germany has already pledged to pick up the cost of hosting the conference which is likely to cost €70 million (approximately $155 million).
In addition to this, there have been talks about Germany offering Fiji and additional €400,000 ($893,210) for other climate related work.
Mr Bainimarama told Parliament in February that he would work closely with some of the big world players like China, India, the European Union, Japan, Canada, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Australia, New Zealand and others. He said he wanted to represent the interests of the entire world.
He said he would reach out to United States President Donald Trump to try to change his position on climate change.
China would help him to try to get Mr Trump reconsider his decision to withdraw the US contribution to the climate fund.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce