17 Nov 2014

Fiji poised to host India and China leaders

3:00 pm on 17 November 2014

The Fiji prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, says his government's ability to think outside the box has earned Fiji respect and will see it host two of the world's greatest leaders this week.

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Mr Bainimarama was speaking to Fiji's heads of missions in Suva ahead of the visit by India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, and China's president, Xi Jinping.

He says the two are visiting because they recognise Fiji's achievement and its foreign policy of being friends to all and enemies to none.

Mr Bainimarama says the two leaders' visits have a strategic component because as emerging global powers, India and China want to have more of a presence in the Pacific.

He says he will be signing a number of Memorandums of Understanding with China, but adds deepening ties with Beijing won't replace existing relationship with others.

Both Mr Modi and Mr Xi attended the weekend G20 summit in Australia.

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