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China Pushes Free Trade

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday asked for progress in the joint feasibility study of a China-Fiji Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Mr Li told visiting Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that
18 Jul 2015 11:54
China Pushes Free Trade
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left), holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama before their talks in Beijing, China, on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua/Huang Jingwen

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday asked for progress in the joint feasibility study of a China-Fiji Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Mr Li told visiting Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that the study of the FTA would facilitate closer two-way trade co-operation.

In their talks at the Great Hall of the People, Mr Li vowed to boost co-operation with the Pacific island country in such areas as agriculture, fishery, forestry, infrastructure and tourism.

“China supports its enterprises investing in Fiji’s agriculture, and also welcomes Fiji to explore China’s maritime products market,” Mr Li said.

China backs Fiji’s constructive role in regional co-operation among the Pacific island countries, he said, pledging stronger co-operation with the country on issues such as climate change and UN Security Council reform.

Calling China Fiji’s important partner, Mr Bainimarama praised China’s role in countering climate change.

He expected stronger co-operation with China in such areas as trade, fishery and aviation, as well as in global and regional affairs.

Fiji was the first Pacific island country that established diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China on Novembe 5, 1975.

Mr Li hailed the achievements of bilateral ties over the past 40 years, vowing to deepen political trust, exchanges and co-operation with the country.

After their talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of co-operation documents regarding trade, technology and culture.

Mr Bainimarama is visiting China from July 14 to 24 as Mr Li’s guest.

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