Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday [16 July 2015] asked for progress in the joint feasibility study of a China-Fiji Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Li told visiting Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that the study of the FTA would facilitate closer two-way trade cooperation. In their talks at the Great Hall of the People, Li vowed to boost cooperation with the Pacific island country in such areas as agriculture, fishery, forestry, infrastructure and tourism. “China supports its enterprises investing in Fiji’s agriculture, and also welcomes Fiji to explore China’s maritime products market,” Li said…Full Article: Xinhua July 2015

Key Point

  • On 5 November 1975, Fiji became the first Pacific island country to establish diplomatic ties with the PRC.

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2010 to 2014, Chinese exports of seafood products to Fiji increased from US$10.4 million to US$30.2 million. Meanwhile, Fijian exports of seafood products to China (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) declined from US$8.8 million to US$4.3 million. Fiji primarily exports to Hong Kong as opposed to mainland China.

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