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Fiji-China Relations Built On Respect, Kindness: PM

Through China’s strong leadership, vision and determination of its people, the country has achieved tremendous growth and influence in the global economy. - Jenny Seeto, President of Chinese Community in Fiji
09 Sep 2019 12:41
Fiji-China Relations Built On Respect, Kindness: PM
From left (standing) Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, China’s Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo (third from left) wife of the Chinese Ambassador Madame Lu (fifth from left) and the President of Chinese Community in Fiji Jenny Seeto in Suva on September 8, 2019 at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Fiji-China relationship is one built on great respect and genuine kindness, that remains constant to this day.

This was the sentiment expressed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva yesterday during the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Mr Bainimarama said: “Spanning more than four decades, the friendship between Fiji and China has never waned, with our nations bonded by a common and steady recognition of the mutual benefits of bilateralism.

“Both our nations have experienced great evolution over the course of the years, we have witnessed a similar blossoming of both our economies and our societies alike,” said Mr Bainimarama.

“This bond was clearer than ever when Chinese President Xi Jinping took time to come to Fiji in 2014 for an official state visit – bringing together a nation of over 1.4 billion people with one of less than a million, as equals on the diplomatic world stage.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked the Chinese government for its work towards a cause that the Pacific prioritises above all else and for its assistance in adapting the Fijian economy to be more resilient to the ravages of a changing climate.

The celebration held special significance because it also marked 44 years since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Fiji and China in 1975.

The celebration also coincided with Fiji’s Constitution Day.

China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo, said the relationship between the two countries had been building on momentous and sound relations.

“Earlier this year, we had four ministers in China for the Belt Road Initiative meeting,” he said.

Mr Bo also acknowledged the late Dixon Seeto for his support and continued friendship as the President of Chinese Community in Fiji before his untimely death this year.

“Dixon was an exceptional man and I miss him greatly,” the envoy said.

President of the Fiji Chinese Community Jenny Seeto congratulated China on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

“Through China’s strong leadership, vision and determination of its people, the country has achieved tremendous growth and influence in the global economy,” Ms Seeto said.

“Fiji and China have worked well together since the establishment of diplomatic relations 44 years ago and we trust this genuine relations and partnership will continue well into the future.

Those present at the celebration included the wife of the Prime Minister, Mary Bainimarama, Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau, wife of the Chinese Ambassador Madame Lu, members of the diplomatic corps, families and friends of the Chinese community in Fiji.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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