Fiji's Suva City hosts Chinese community to herald Chinese New Year

10:43, February 11, 2011      

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By hosting an afternoon tea party, Fiji's capital city Suva is using its own way to join the Chinese community to celebrate their New Year.

Suva City Council's special administrator Chandu Umaria said that the special ceremony "was a way for the capital city to celebrate (the Chinese New Year) and thank the Chinese community for their services as patriots of the city."

Since the first Chinese immigrant to arrive in the country in the 1950s, Fiji has seen and witnessed many contributions by the Chinese community to the capital city, Umaria said.

Fiji's Local Government Minister Colonel Samuela Saumatua thanked the Chinese government for their continuous support in bilateral relations for the betterment of Fiji. "We acknowledge with appreciation the Chinese government and community contribution to the country and firmly believe China plays an important role in bilateral agreements," he said.

Speaking on behalf of the Chinese community in the island nation, James Ahkoy, Fiji's former ambassador to China, said "over the years the Chinese community has been allowed to set up businesses in the country."

As chief guest at the function, Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Han Zhiqiang thanked the Suva City Council for holding the function to join the Chinese celebrations of the New Year.

The Chinese government and people are grateful for Fijian government and Suva City Council's acknowledgement of the Chinese community and we are looking forward for another year of partnership, he said.

Source: Xinhua
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