24 Nov 2014

More Chinese aid to Fiji 'people-focused'

4:05 pm on 24 November 2014

Fiji is to receive another 11.4 million US dollars in Chinese aid money.

Xi Jinping and Frank Bainimarama

Xi Jinping and Frank Bainimarama Photo: supplied

The offer was made during the weekend visit to Fiji by the Chinese President Xi Jin Ping and comes on top of 13 million dollars promised to Fiji by Beijing earlier this year.

Fiji's Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Amena Yauvoli says it is the biggest grant in aid that Fiji has received from another developing country and he says Fiji will have to work with China on how the funds will be used.

Mr Yauvoli says China is assisting Fiji through developments that matter to the people like a cultural centre and sporting complex, cultural exchanges and the support for climate adaptation measures.

He says China's confidence in Fiji in arranging the weekend summit with Pacific leaders was evidence of the deepening ties between the two countries.

Mr Xi met with the leaders of Samoa, Vanuatu, Niue, Tonga, the Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

He pledged continued support in developing their economies, infrastructure and tackling climate change.