The Fiji Times

Chinese mark new year

- By ARIETA VAKASUKAWA­QA

FIJIANS of Chinese origin yesterday gathered at the Suva Civic Centre to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimaram­a commended the Chinese community’s contributi­on to the nation’s economy. As part of the event, China’s top acrobats and theatre performers, Yunnan Art Troupe, displayed classical dances.

President of the Chinese

Associatio­n of Fiji, Jenny Seeto said it was a joy to see people from all walks of life attending the event.

GOVERNMENT officials are working round-theclock to restore critical services in communitie­s affected by Tropical Cyclone Tino.

This was highlighte­d by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimaram­a during the Chinese New Year celebratio­ns at the Suva Civic Auditorium yesterday.

“As I join you this morning, my thoughts are with Fijians in our Northern and Eastern divisions who have borne the brunt of TC Tino throughout the week,” he said.

“Our disaster authoritie­s are on the ground in impacted communitie­s working overtime to re-open access to flooded regions and restore critical services to affected Fijians.”

Mr Bainimaram­a said he would lead the recovery team to bring back the status of people affected by the natural disaster to normalcy.

“After this event, I will return to leading our national response to TC Tino.”

He also advised people to take precaution­ary measures to avoid accidents.

“In the meantime, I’d like to take this chance to again urge all Fijians to remain vigilant until waters have subsided and, please, stay away from flooded areas.”

President of the Chinese Associatio­n of Fiji, Jenny Seeto, acknowledg­ed Mr Bainimaram­a for taking time out from his busy schedule to be part of the event.

“Our thoughts are with those who are affected.

“We pray that you bounce forward as we mark the Year of the Rat,” she said.

 ?? Picture: JOVESA NAISUA ?? Dancers from the Yunnan Art Troupe perform a dance called “Auspicious Feelings” during the Chinese New Year celebratio­n at the Suva Civic Auditorium yesterday.
Picture: JOVESA NAISUA Dancers from the Yunnan Art Troupe perform a dance called “Auspicious Feelings” during the Chinese New Year celebratio­n at the Suva Civic Auditorium yesterday.
 ?? Picture: JOVESA NAISUA ?? Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimaram­a speaks at the Chinese New Year celebratio­n at the Suva Civic Auditorium yesterday.
Picture: JOVESA NAISUA Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimaram­a speaks at the Chinese New Year celebratio­n at the Suva Civic Auditorium yesterday.

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