China Pledges Assistance To Help Fiji Preserve Culture

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Both nations hope to maintain uniqueness: Chinese minister

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, August 13, 2013) – The Chinese government has pledged to provide assistance to Fiji’s Department of National Heritage, Culture and Arts as the two countries have a common goal of preserving their cultural uniqueness.

Chinese Minister for Culture Cai Wu who is in the country said in the field of culture, they have done a lot of work in the past and there is still a lot of potential in the future.

Minister Cai said both countries had the common wish to preserve their cultural uniqueness, as well as protecting their sovereignty and independence.

"China has always regarded Fiji as our best friend, best partner and brother among all the Pacific Island countries," Cai said.

"On the foundation of our bilateral friendship and goodwill relations, we will enhance our cultural connections and interactions in the future. Though China and Fiji have different national situations, we both boast cultural diversity. We treasure our precious traditions and culture," he said.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was also signed by Fiji’s Minister for Heritage and Culture Filipe Bole and Minister Cai.

"The MOU is the framework with which we will operate for our cultural interaction between the two countries. There are a lot of items in that MOU certainly sufficient enough to keep us busy. The whole idea behind the MOU is for cultural interaction for future. It is something that we hope to follow very quickly to try and get some of the actions that are envisaged in the MOU to be done," Bole said.

The Chinese government also donated cultural equipment worth 300,000RMB [US$48,652].

The Chinese delegation will leave the country today.

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