STRENGTHENING ties, pursuing economic and cultural co-operation and the possibility of establishing a sister city relationship were among discussions between the Fiji-China Friendship Association and high-ranking officials of the China People's Association for the Friendship with Foreign Countries last week.
The board of directors of the China-Fiji Friendship Association, Dixon Seeto, Chandu Umaria, William Situ and Veniana Rarasea, met Guangzhou mayor Chen Jianhua and president of the Chinese People's Association for the Friendship with Foreign Countries at the China International Friendship Cities Conference held at Chengdu in China.
"The mayor of Guangzhou was keen to pursue a sister relationship with the city of Suva after this meeting," Mr Seeto said in a statement.
"Gifts were exchanged by both parties at the meeting and a special gift was presented to Madam Li Xiaolin, the president of the Chinese People's Association for the Friendship with Foreign Countries.
"She was instrumental in the visit of a high level delegation from Fiji led by the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Jiko Luveni, who is also president of the Fiji China Friendship Association, to participate in the Friendship Forum.
"It was at Madam Li's personal invite and encouragement and the assistance by the People's Republic of China Embassy in Fiji that facilitated the delegation's recent participation at the two conferences."