May 06 |14:27 pm The Prime Minister, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, met with the People’s Republic of China, Vice Minister for Finance, Mr Yong Li at the Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Both leaders acknowledged the good working relationship between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1975.
Commodore Bainimarama expressed the Fijian Government's appreciation and gratitude for China’s ongoing support and assistance to the people of Fiji.
“While some development partners had turned their backs on Fiji during its time of need, the People’s Republic of China remained a true friend who continued to provide development assistance,” the Prime Minister said.
He briefed the minister on the progress of major projects funded by China as well as provided an update on the status of the economy. He also thanked China for recognising Fiji’s sovereign rights to determine its own destiny.
Mr Li, in his remarks stated China attached great importance on its relationship with Fiji and hoped this relationship would continue to grow stronger.
China he added, respected the development approach the country is taking, and hoped Fiji would capitalise on the economic opportunities available as well as the technical expertise the country had to offer.
China is willing to continue providing development assistance and to expand economic co-operation into new areas.
Mr Li hopes that t such assistance will make a difference in promoting economic development and raise the living standards of the people of Fiji.
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