China hopes to increase bilateral cooperation in Fiji especially in the Agricultural sector. Visiting the Koronivia Research Station in Nausori today, the Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, Zhang Ping said China had invested some $14million towards the mushroom cultivation production in Legalega in Nadi and now it has a one year project with the Koronivia Research Station on the cultivation of rice…Full Article: The Fiji Times July 2016

Key Point

  • Fiji’s President and China’s ambassador visited a rice farm project in Koronivia, eastern Fiji. China reportedly has six rice experts assisting Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture in promoting high-yield rice production.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In July 2015, China’s Premier Li Keqian expressed support for a joint feasibility study of a China-Fiji Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
  • 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.
  • In November 1975, Fiji became the first Pacific island country to establish diplomatic ties with the PRC.

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