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Fiji Will Assist India, China’s Presence In Pacific Islands

India and China, as growing global powers, see Fiji as helping build their presence in the Pacific and their leaders’ visit to Fiji this week is a step towards it.
18 Nov 2014 13:05
Fiji Will Assist India, China’s Presence In Pacific Islands

India and China, as growing global powers, see Fiji as helping build their presence in the Pacific and their leaders’ visit to Fiji this week is a step towards it.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the visit by two world leaders to Fiji further strengthened our regional position.

“They are also coming because they regard Fiji as important,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“They acknowledge us as a regional leader – a pre-eminent island nation that is also playing an increasing role on the wider global stage and having carried out substantive constitutional, legal and political reforms that have been applauded, commended and accepted internationally.”

Mr Bainimarama was addressing  Fijian heads of missions at Holiday Inn Suva yesterday for their annual meeting.

“Nothing is more symbolic of our nation’s new status in the global community than for us to have the opportunity to host both the IndianPrime Minister and the Chinese President.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads a nation of more than 1.2 billion people – the largest democracy in the world, a global power and one with which we have a long standing close ties of friendship.

And President Xi Jinping leads a nation with a population of 1.3 billion people – a global superpower with whom we have, in recent times, strongly strengthened our friendship.

“This is the opportunity for us not only to welcome these leaders to Fiji and host the leaders of our island neighbours – further strengthening our regional position – but to showcase Fiji,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He said his Government determination over the past eight years to steer Fiji has gained much respect from the international community.

“Make no mistake, our resolve in the past eight years, our strategic direction as a nation and our ability to think outside the box has gained Fiji much respect around the world.

“We have also delivered on our promise to introduce the first genuine democracy in Fijian history, and returned our nation to parliamentary rule under a much acclaimed constitution.”

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