Fiji, China vow to deepen bilateral ties, practical cooperation
SUVA – Fijian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Monday said his country stands ready to deepen bilateral relations with China and expand cooperation in various fields including infrastructure, agriculture and fisheries, capacity building and sustainable development, strengthening the partnership between the two countries.
Bainimarama made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He also noted that Fiji will continue to firmly support the one-China principle.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 47 years ago, Bainimarama said, Fiji and China have been committed to developing friendly relations as well as win-win cooperation based on common aspirations and common interests.
The Fijian people always bear in mind that China has always respected the sovereignty of Fiji and stood firmly with Fiji, he said.
Bainimarama spoke highly of the China-proposed Global Development Initiative, saying he supports the initiative and believes it will serve as a strong driving force for a faster post-pandemic recovery.
He said that currently, the volatile and changing international situation has intensified interdependence among countries, urging closer cooperation to better address global challenges.
For his part, Wang said that China-Fiji relations have stood the test of international vicissitudes, with both countries trusting and supporting each other, and always being the first to help each other.
The more volatile and complex the international situation is, the more important it is for China and Fiji to carry forward their traditional friendship, enhance strategic mutual trust, defend their common interests, and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries as well as regional peace and stability, he noted.
As Fiji’s reliable friend and partner, China firmly supports Fiji in maintaining social stability and ethnic unity, pursuing an independent foreign policy, speeding up national development and revitalization, and playing a more important role in regional and international affairs, Wang said.
China expects to see Fiji’s active participation in the China-proposed Global Development Initiative to build greater synergy and accelerate the realization of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he added.