Fiji and China respect one another: Fiji's FM

18:22, November 03, 2010      

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Fiji's Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said here on Wednesday that while Fiji and China have enjoyed 35 years of partnership they have respected one another. "The ties between the two countries have been a mutual one with non interference in their internal affairs," he said.

Speaking at the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Fiji here Wednesday evening, Kubuabola said the two countries value one another.

He said though that before 1975 the Chinese were engaged in Fiji's sandalwood and beach de-mer trade in Fiji showing ties that go back a long way.

As part of this great relationship Fiji was going to establish a consul office in Shanghai soon, said the foreign minister, adding that "Fiji's look North policy will strengthen these ties. "

Kubuabola said China offered answers for trade to Fiji and the people to people relationship between the two countries was expanding, pointing out that Chinese visitors to Fiji boosted the tourism industry and there was a huge increase in Chinese arrivals from 8,453 visitors in 2007 to 15,594 in 2009.

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