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Rabuka maintains claim on Chinese influence

July 4, 2018 7:50 pm

SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka has maintained his claim that Chinese money is entering the country.

While referring to the high rise building on Suva’s McGregor road, Rabuka claims the development has no benefit to Fiji.

Rabuka says the building is an example of Chinese influence in the country.

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“If this is an investment, it is china money coming in, china money coming out, we will have a building but what is the benefit of having this building.”

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Rabuka is contradicting himself with such comments.

“He said we don’t need high rise building in Fiji, on one hand he said we need development but we don’t need high rise building in Fiji so again there is contradictory.”

Rabuka also claims every aspect of the building is from China and Sayed-Khaiyum confirms the government has no part in the development.

“Rabuka – we have brought all the materials from China, most of the expertise have come from China, the workers have come from china.”

“AG – If it’s the Chinese developer in the McGregor road property they are bringing in their own money, absolutely no exposure to the Fijian government or to the people, no sovereign debt exposure.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says the building is a private equity and the project owes no money to the Fijian government nor does the government have investment in the structure.

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