ANOTHER city in China has expressed an interest in forging a link with Suva City this year.
Guangzhou City will become the fourth to establish relations with Suva if negotiations are finalised between the two municipalities.
Suva' special administrator Chandu Umaria made those comments during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration at the Suva Civic Centre on Thursday evening.
"We envisaged these links to work for exchange of ideas and better cultural understanding in the long term for economic development and above all friendship," Mr Umaria said.
"We will tap the links already established with our sister cities in China namely Beihai, Guangdong and Zhejiang."
He said the Chinese community had strong links to Fiji through large scale business entrepreneurship, professional accounting firms, engineers and architects, importers and exporters of sea food and vegetables to restaurants, shops, hair salons and massage parlours.
"The three-pronged partnership between Suva City Council, the Embassy of the Republic of China and the Fiji-China Friendship Association reflects the importance of reinforcing ties with the Chinese government in alignment with our government's look north policy," he said.
Guangzhou City has many friendship and sister-city relations around the world cultivated over the years.