HAPPY 70TH AN­NIVER­SARY CHINA!...

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Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama with Chi­nese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo, spe­cial guests and a Chi­nese cul­tural group dur­ing the 70th An­niver­sary of the Found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China cel­e­bra­tions at the Suva Civic Cen­tre on Sep­tem­ber 8, 2019.

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 Jing­ping 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.

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

Photo: DEPTFO NEWS

Photo: DEPTFO News

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.

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