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Building a Strategic Partnership: Fiji–China Relations Since 2008

Tarte, Sandra (2021) Building a Strategic Partnership: Fiji–China Relations Since 2008. In: The China Alternative: Changing Regional Order in the Pacific Islands. Australian National University Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 375-396. ISBN 9781760464165

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Abstract

Fiji and China celebrated a ‘double anniversary’ in 2015. It was the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Fiji and 160 years since the arrival of the first Chinese settlers in Fiji. This milestone was commemorated by the exchange of congratulatory letters between the two governments and declarations highlighting their close and mutually beneficial relationship. The then Fijian foreign minister described engagement with China as forming ‘a fundamental part of our government’s Look North Policy’ and ‘crucial to Fiji’s economic development’ (Kubuabola 2015). Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador to Fiji described the China–Fiji relationship as ‘a model of friendly cooperation between China and island countries in the South Pacific’. He also later referred to China’s policy towards Fiji as ‘an epitome of China’s foreign policy towards the South Pacific countries’ (Zhang 2015, 2016).

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2021 14:22
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 14:58
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12797
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