FIJI'S INTERIM GOVERNMENT TO OPEN EMBASSY IN CHINA

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 21, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's interim administration is going ahead with a decision by the ousted government of former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry to open an embassy in China.

Fiji's interim Foreign Affairs Minister, Kaliopate Tavola, said the opening of the mission is planned for late November or early December.

Tavola told Radio Fiji that a government official will travel to Beijing next month, and will be joined a week later by Fiji's new ambassador to China

Radio Australia’s Samisoni Pareti reports.

"The Minister declined to name the envoy, but Filipe Bole, a former minister in the previous government of Sitiveni Rabuka, has been rumored to be ready take up the China post.

"Bole is a former education minister and also served as foreign affairs minister.

"Tavola says Beijing has been informed that Fiji would like interim Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to attend the opening of the Fiji embassy there.

"The interim foreign affairs minister says Beijing was receptive to the idea and asked for time to prepare for the occasion.

"For Radio Australia in Suva, I'm Samisoni Pareti."

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