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Konrote Praises Growing Fiji-China Ties

Konrote Praises Growing Fiji-China Ties
President Major General (ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote (right), with the Fijian Chinese Association president Jenny Seeto (left), at the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Yat Sen Hall in Suva on February 11, 2018. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala
February 12
11:38 2018

The result of expanding Fiji’s relationship with China has led to a surge in the growth for opportunities in the areas of social development, trade and investment.

These were the words of President Major General (ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, while speaking at the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Yat Sen Hall in Suva yesterday.

President Konrote said the two countries’ relations also showed the renewed commitment of support towards Fiji’s stand on climate change and its aspiration to successfully achieving the targets within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.

“Recognising the Fijian Government’s infrastructural development needs in both our urban and rural sectors, the People’s Republic of China has continued to respond with viable solutions that have resulted in real-time benefits for the people of Fiji,” Mr Knorote said

Mr Konrote took the opportunity to thank the government of China, through its Embassy in Suva, for its diplomacy through humanitarian assistance.

He said the most recent one being the financial support extended to the Fijian Government and the people of Fiji following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

“The People’s Republic of China has been a very close ally of Fiji for decades, extending back to the establishment of diplomatic ties between our two countries in 1975, and strengthening even further in the recent decade,” he said.

“I also acknowledge the People’s Republic of China’s unwavering support of the United Nations Climate Change negotiations and of Fiji’s presidency of COP23.”

Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service and Acting Permanent Secretary for Forestry Bernadette Welch (with fan) and the Permanent Secretary for Education Alison Burchell at the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Yat Sen Hall in Suva on February 11, 2018.  Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service and Acting Permanent Secretary for Forestry Bernadette Welch (with fan) and the Permanent Secretary for Education Alison Burchell at the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Yat Sen Hall in Suva on February 11, 2018. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

He also said that relations between China and Fiji had been further strengthened with the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific.

He said the Year of the Earth Dog, reminds people that the last time this sign of the Chinese Zodiac was upon us was in 2006 — a very different time for Fiji.

Chinese New Year; the Year of the Earth Dog according to Chinese mythology, Mr Konrote said, were for those who were born in the Year of the Dog, as destined to be sincere, loyal, independent, decisive, responsible, courageous and active personnel.

“They are supposed to get on well with people and are able to deal with the challenges of everyday life better than their contemporaries,” he said.

“The Earth Dog is very persistent and never gives up. These are qualities we should all aspire to possess as responsible and law-abiding citizens of our beloved Fiji.”

Meanwhile, the president of the Fijian Chinese Association Jenny Seeto said the Chinese New Year celebration will take place on February 16, where by the celebration is expected to take place on the streets of Suva.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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