FIJI REINFORCES SECURITY RELATIONS WITH CHINA

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Chinese police delegation visits islands for security talks

By Kitione Toroca

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 11, 2012) – The Fiji Police Force yesterday hosted a delegation from the Department of Public Security from the Guangdong Province in China to hold bilateral talks on further strengthening relations between the two organizations.

Headed by the Director General of the Department of Public Security Liang Wei-fa, the seven-member delegation also included the Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Huang Yong.

The visit follows talks held in 2009 and the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two countries last year.

"Your visit to Fiji in 2010 and subsequent to the signing of the MOU of police cooperation between China and Fiji in April 2011 further consolidated the friendly relationship the two countries have enjoyed over the years," Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua said.

He said Fiji would gain a lot from one of the world's leading economies.

"The province of Guangdong is well known for providing specialized training in counter terrorism, search and rescue and anti-drug, and with Fiji being the hub of the Pacific, we play a leading and critical role in the policing of these areas," Brig-Gen. Naivalurua said.

He said at the end of the one-day visit, a new path would be paved for constructive dialogue and realization between Fiji and the Guangdong Province on police co-operation.

Brig-Gen. Naivalura thanked Mr Liang for his country's willingness to assist capacity building for the Fiji Police Force.

"The MOU that was signed on 18, April 2011 in Beijing by our Minister of Defence and his counterpart covered areas such as search and rescue of fugitives, terrorists, money launderers, traffickers, cyber crime and smuggling of banned goods among other issues," he said.

He stressed the importance of such an agreement towards the Fiji government's intent.

"It is consistent in our efforts in supporting the Strategic Framework for Change for Fiji, which is government's plan or intentions for the way forward for the country, and will provide extra impetus and thrust to the Fiji Police Force to realize its contribution for the way forward for Fiji."

Mr. Liang thanked their counterparts for their hospitality and said while they might be one of the world's leading economies, they also faced similar challenges as Fiji. He said his department looked forward to growing and strengthening bilateral relations with Fiji.

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