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PM Meets His Old Classmate

It was a proud moment for many at the Ratu Sukuna Park yesterday when Chinese and Fijian people got together to celebrate 160 years since the first Chinese arrived on our
06 Sep 2015 09:11
PM Meets His Old Classmate
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama meets ex-Marist Brothers classmate Paul Young in Suva, during the 160 year-anniversary of Chinese in Fiji yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

It was a proud moment for many at the Ratu Sukuna Park yesterday when Chinese and Fijian people got together to celebrate 160 years since the first Chinese arrived on our shores.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was clearly delighted when he met an old classmate during the celebration.

Yat Sen Secondary School administration staff Paul Young said: “I was born in Fiji my father is Chinese and mother is Fijian.

“I attended school with the Prime Minister and during our school days, he was a typical student, hardworking very joyful and cheerful person.

“I remember some exciting moments with the Prime Minister.He used to play rugby and he was a good rugby player,” he said.

Describing the Prime Minister, Mr Young said: “He was a fun loving person in class and always making us laugh for years.”

“I was quiet but he was a very lively person,” he said.

“There are more Chinese in Fiji now and they are more into the economic side of the country.

“The relationship between China and Fiji is closer than ever before,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping said: “This is the first time people have seen many Chinese people come together and celebrating the coming of the Chinese to Fiji.

“160 years ago the first group of Chinese set foot on this beautiful and fertile island of Fiji.”

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