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Chinese President to visit Fiji

November 10, 2014 4:04 am

Several Pacific leaders will join Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, for talks with the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, during his historic visit to Fiji next week.

President Xi arrives in Nadi with a large Chinese delegation next Friday to begin the first ever visit to Fiji or the Pacific by any Chinese leader.

The regional guest list is still being finalised but will include the Heads of State or Heads of Government of several Pacific countries.

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President Xi will hold a collective meeting with these leaders as well as a number of bilateral encounters.

Bainimarama who is hosting the first State visit by a foreign leader since the election in September says he is greatly honoured by the visit.

He says China is a great friend of Fiji’s and while our formal relationship stretches back to 1975, it’s the first time we have been able to host a Chinese leader here.

He adds it is a clear sign both of the deep ties we have developed and the importance that China places on Fiji’s leadership in the Pacific.

Bainimarama says he is also looking forward to hosting other Pacific leaders in Fiji and giving them the opportunity to meet the President.

Bainimarama and President Xi are due to sign a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) on subjects that are still to be announced.

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