THE friendly bilateral relations Fiji shares with China have grown closer with the establishment of the Fiji China Friendship Association last February.
This was stated by the Minister for Women and president of the Fiji China Friendship Association Dr Jiko Luveni during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Suva on Thursday at which President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was in attendance.
"The Fiji China Friendship Association is the extension of the relations between the two countries as to include our people in an effort to promote and strengthen understanding, friendship and co-operation through people to people programs and activities," Dr Luveni said.
"More and more Chinese companies and businessmen have come to invest in Fiji bringing advanced technology and contributing to Fiji's economy.
"The close sister relationship between the Fiji Women's Federation of the Department of Women and all the China Women's Federation has benefited 850 women groups through Fiji with the donation of 17,000 sewing machines."
Dr Luveni said the Chinese New Year was the most important cultural event for over thousands of years.
"It is an occasion for family reunion celebrations, most cherished by the Chinese people and symbolising harmony and good wishes.
"The event provides opportunities to demonstrate the richness of Chinese culture and in Fiji contribute to the multi-racial and inclusive society where Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Chinese live in harmony."