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Fiji expresses trade imbalance concern with China

July 18, 2015 5:50 am

Fiji has expressed concern on the imbalance of it’s trading relationship with China.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made this known when he met with the Chinese Premier this week.

He also conveyed concerns on the obstacles Fiji face in obtaining reasonable access to the Chinese market for our goods and services.

Bainimarama says Fiji currently imports $5.60 worth of Chinese products for every $1.00 of Fijian imports sold in China.

He says a large part of this imbalance is due to tariffs that are being imposed by China on Fijian made, Fijian grown products.

Prime Minister Bainimarama asked Premier Li to lift the tariffs and replace them with duty free access to the Chinese market, as given to some other Pacific Island nations.