Update: 1:21PM PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a congratulatory message to the newly-appointed President of the Peoples Republic of China, He Xi Jinping.
He said the appointment demonstrated the confidence which the people of China have in the leadership's "reform and transformation of your great country".
"The People's Republic of China has been a genuine friend and a valuable development partner of Fiji. Recent efforts to deepen our bilateral co-operation through increased exchanges and people to people contacts are a testament of the long standing friendship between our people," he said in a Ministry of Information statement.
"I strongly hope and am confident that co-operation between our two great countries will be further developed and elevated into greater height."
Commodore Bainimarama also reiterated Fiji's commitment to the One China Policy.