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Fiji-Sino Ties Strong - PM Commodore Bainimarama

Fiji-Sino ties strong - Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama

Aug 11, 2008 - Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama last night thanked distinguished guests and members of the diplomatic corp for being present at the Fiji night reception that was held at the Xinhai Jinjian Hotel in Beijing.

The reception was held to enable people from China to meet with Government officials and participants to the Beijing Olympics.

"Whilst this is obviously a social occasion, I am sure that many of you will take the opportunity to exchange views and ideas on how best to develop, strengthen and improve the very close and cordial relations that our two countries share in our trade, cultural and sporting linkages," Prime Minister Bainimarama said.

He added as both countries diplomatic ties grows from strength to strength, Fiji will not forget China's respect to her sovereignty.

"Fiji will not forget that when other countries were quick to condemn us following the events of 1987,2000,2006,China and other friends in Asia demonstrated a more understanding and sensitive approach to events in Fiji.

"The Government of the Peoples' Republic of China expressed confidence in our ability to resolve our problems in our way, without undue pressure of interference," the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Bainimarama is expected to be back in the country on Friday August 15.

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