Fijian government officials joined the Chinese community in Fiji in Suva last night to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
His Excellency, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Fiji, Huang Yong who hosted the event outlined the achievements that China had experienced since this period.
Yong said that China’s overall national and economic strength has increased significantly over the past 63 years.
“The percentage of China’s GDP in the world jumped from 1 per cent in 1978 to 9.5 per cent in 2010. China’s foreign trade volume increased from less than 1per cent to around 8 per cent of the world,” Yong said.
He relayed to guests China’s acknowledgement on Fiji’s role and influence within the region.
“China has been developing China-Fiji relations on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference.”
The celebration was attended by His Excellency the President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama. Other government officials as well as the diplomatic corps were present at the event which was held in Suva.
“China has developed relations with the Pacific Island countries on the principal of mutual respect, mutual benefit and equality and common prosperity,” Yong said.
By Indrani Krishna