The issue was discussed at a meeting between Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in Beijing.
Ratu Inoke says the initiative will help facilitate Fiji’s trade with China and is also part of Fiji’s ‘Look North Policy.’
The two ministers also discussed bilateral exchanges and cooperation.
China will be establishing a Confucius Institute in Fiji and will also explore the notion of establishing sister cities with some of China’s fast growing metropolitan cities.
Ratu Inoke also acknowledged China’s desire to help in improving the public service by offering places to the Fiji Public Service Commission for training opportunities in the China Executive Leadership Academy in Shanghai.
Further, Fiji is now seriously looking at the prospect of purchasing weapons from Chinese manufacturers to assist Fiji’s participation in UN Peacekeeping and Peace building Missions.