Fiji Prime Minister Invited To Visit China

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Bainimarama says Chinese ‘understand reforms’

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 19, 2013) – The interim Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, will meet with the Chinese President and Premier in Beijing later this month.

"I have been invited to visit China late this month to meet with the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, and President Xi Jinping," Mr Bainimarama said.

The self-appointed prime minister says the Chinese understand reforms he has been attempting to implement prior to democratic elections scheduled for 2014.

Mr Bainimarama announced a week ago he will also hold talks with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, while in Moscow for the Rugby Sevens World Cup next month.

He has said in the past he wants to move diplomatic and trade ties away from Fiji's south Pacific neighbours, New Zealand and Australia, and towards China.

He recently chaired a Group of 77 developing nations meeting which China attended.

Australia and New Zealand have both banned the Fijian ruler from their countries since he took power in a 2006 coup.

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