China Cements “Ties” With Fiji

President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that China is ready to strengthen communication and cooperation with Fiji and other Pacific Island nations.
Xi made the remarks while meeting with visiting Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama in the Great Hall of the People.

Xi said China treasures its friendship with Fiji, respects the development path chosen by its people and will continue to provide assistance to Fiji within its capacity.

Xi said both sides should deepen cooperation in agriculture, forestry, fishery, transportation, telecommunications, mining, infrastructure development and tourism.

He said both sides should promote cultural exchanges and contacts, especially among young people.

He said he hopes both sides can step up coordination on multilateral and Pacific Island issues.

Xi said China supports Fiji’s requests regarding energy security, climate change and the protection of maritime resources, adding that China is ready to further advance its relations with Fiji.

Xi said Pacific Island nations are an important part of the Asia-Pacific region, adding that the region cannot achieve development and prosperity as a whole without the development of Pacific Island nations.

Xi said China supports Pacific Island nations in playing an equal part in international affairs, enhancing development and realizing sustainable growth.

Bainimarama is the first Pacific Island nation leader to visit China since China’s new leadership came into power.

Full article: China Cements “Ties” With Fiji (Trevour Loudon)

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