China, Fiji ink three pacts, vow closer relations

September 21, 2012 7:34 am


Wu Bangguo (R) shakes hands with Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama in Nandi/XINHUA
NANDI, Fiji, Sep 21 – China and Fiji signed three agreements on economic cooperation here on Friday, pledging to boost bilateral ties to a new height.

Visiting China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo and Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama attended the signing ceremony after their one-hour long talks in Nandi, Fiji.

The three agreements include one on economic and technological cooperation, a framework agreement on government-level concessional loan, and an agreement on concessional loan for a road upgrading project.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), is on a four-day official goodwill visit to the South Pacific island nation.

The two sides should further deepen pragmatic cooperation and strengthen cooperation on major projects in the fields like infrastructure in a bid to push forward overall trade cooperation between the two countries, said Wu during his talks with Bainimarama.

China encourages its enterprises to come and conduct mutually- beneficial cooperation with Fiji and contribute to the economic and social development in the country, Wu said.

Wu spoke highly of China-Fiji relations, saying China has always regarded Fiji as a good friend and partner in the Pacific island region, and is willing to work with Fiji to lift bilateral ties to a higher level.

“The vigorous development of China-Fiji not only brought about tangible benefits to the two peoples, but also made positive contribution to stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region,” Wu said.

Wu suggested the two countries further increase political trust, adding that China appreciates Fiji’s adherence to the one-China policy and its support on issues related to China’s core interests and major concern.

China supports the Fiji people’s rights to choose the development path on their own and will continue to provide aid within its capacity to Fiji, said Wu.

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