Chinese President To Visit Fiji And Meet Island Leaders

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Xi Jinping expected to sign MOUs, agenda yet to be announced

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 10, 2014) – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Fiji next Friday for a two-day visit and a series of meetings with regional country leaders including Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

A government statement said names of the other Pacific leaders to attend the meetings at Denarau in Nadi are still being finalised.

The visiting Chinese leader will be expected to sign a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), on subjects that are still to be announced, with Bainimarama.

Bainimarama says the visit underlines the deep ties the countries have developed and the importance that China places on Fiji’s leadership in the Pacific.

"As the second biggest economy in the world, China is increasingly important for the entire region and especially our own economies. We very much welcome its desire to engage more fully with us and these meetings will take our ties to a new level," Bainimarama said.

The Chinese President’s two-day visit to Fiji includes full ceremonial and traditional welcomes and state banquets hosted by both the Fijian President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, and President Xi.

This is the first ever visit to Fiji or the Pacific by any Chinese leader.

[PIR editor’s note: As reported yesterday, ‘Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to use his visit to Fiji to meet with leaders of 13 other Pacific Island countries.’ RNZI reported that ‘The Indian prime minister's visit to Fiji is aimed at countering China's growing influence in the region according to a South Asian politics and security expert. … Balaji Chandramohan, who is in Fiji for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit next week, says Mr Modi is expected to meet Pacific Island leaders during the historic trip.’]

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