China pursues no private interest in Pacific Island countries: Bo

Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

CHINA pursues no private interest or so-called “sphere of influence” in Pacific Island countries.

This was reiterated by Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo in an interview with this newspaper.

Mr Qian said China was ready to enhance communication and co-operation with Fiji and other Pacific Island countries to achieve common development and prosperity.

“In November last year, president Xi Jingping met leaders of the Pacific Island countries that have diplomatic relations with China in Papua New Guinea, ” he said.

“President Xi announced a package plan to facilitate the economic and social development of Pacific Island countries by supporting their infrastructure, agriculture, fishery, tourism and other industries in line with local conditions.

“President Xi had pointed out when expounding on China’s policies and positions on enhancing relations with Pacific Island countries in the new era.”

He said no matter how the international situation evolved, China would always be a good friend, partner and brother of Fiji for solidarity and mutual assistance.

“China believes that all countries, big or small, are equals. We respect the independent choices of development path by people of Fiji.”

He added China stood ready to enhance the synergy of development strategies with Fiji to jointly facilitate Belt and RoadForum co-operation in line with the principle of consultation and collaboration for shared benefits.

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