|FBC PIC OF BAINIMARAMA|
|FIJI VILLAGE PIC|
The interviews and the photo follow a story in Coupfourpointfive revealing the illegal leader had collapsed and is having treatment in China.
The story was picked up by New Zealand media.
Today's interviews and photos aim to prove Bainimarama is well. This is despite several people saying they saw the self-appointed leader collapse at Nadi Airport and them insisting he is seeking medical treatment in China.
FijiVillage says it tracked Bainimarama down at breakfast and that he made a joke about the New Zealand rumours he was dead.
He said New Zealand was running the reports because it was threatened by his rugby skills. Quote: "But while giving the interview during his breakfast, Commodore Bainimarama joked that NZ needs to watch out as he is getting ready to play against the All Blacks next year."
Bainimarama told FijiVillage he is "staying back in China for a few more days because he has some further meetings with some potential Chinese investors."
But he admitted he would not be able to make it to Suva for Fiji's 2011 National Budget address at 11 o'clock this Friday morning.
The budgets address will be delivered by the illegal Acting Finance Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
To the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, he said he had been rounding up meetings with Chinese investors and interested parties in Shanghai in the past two days.
FBC says an aide told it Bainimarama had today met with officials "from the China Railway No.1 Construction company who are currently dredging the Rewa river and have been awarded the contract for Housing Authority buildings at the Tacirua Plains."
It says yesterday Bainimarama met officials from "the Shanghai Urban Construction Ltd - a construction company currently in a consortium with Templetec and engaging in various construction and rehabilitation projects in Fiji."
Coupfourpointfive says the FBC photo of Bainimarama does not show him looking well. In fact, he appears to be as thin as the two Chinese nationals conveniently planted next to him to prove he is in China, on a trade mission and hobnobbing with Chinese officials.
The FijiVillage picture which shows him looking healthy, we believe, is a file pic. Judge for yourselves.