Fiji Minister Clarifies Foreign Policy, Relations With China, Russia

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Ratu Inoke stresses ‘Friends to all, enemy to none’ approach

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 14, 2014) – Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola today answered a question that many have been asking about Fiji's forging relationship with communist countries like China and Russia.

In his maiden speech, Ratu Inoke said the government’s motto in Foreign policy of ‘Friends to all, enemy to none’ was the driving force behind the decision and the pursuit of expanding Fiji’s diplomatic relations and enhancing International persona.

"As a result Fiji’s relations with the International community have grown considerably in the past eight years, Our International profile has been boosted significantly.

"We are a small and vulnerable country and we can never again permit ourselves to be dependent politically, strategically or economically on a must lie in establishing a broad set of relationships that protects us from the political winds that occasionally blow from one nation or another," Ratu Inoke said.

He added that this would also give Fiji more sources of trade, cultural exchange, development cooperation, financing technology and military and diplomatic cooperation.

However he said that this does not mean that their priority for having these foreign policies was merely to seek protection but Fiji’s policies would be one that unselfishly and unashamedly pursues national interest based on openness, equality, principle and leadership.

"We will pursue productive relations with as many states as possible under terms that guarantee our equal treatment and that contribute to the well being of the people of Fiji," Ratu Inoke said.

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