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Li Keqiang Meets with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama of Fiji

On the afternoon of May 16, 2017, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama of Fiji, who was in China for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Li Keqiang noted that China and Fiji have always trusted and respected each other since both countries established diplomatic relations more than 40 years ago. The two countries should give play to the advantage of the firm political foundation in bilateral relations, align development strategies, and expand mutually beneficial cooperation, so as to advance common development.

Regarding climate change issues, Li Keqiang pointed out China always holds a responsible attitude to participate in the international community's efforts in jointly coping with climate change and actively implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This is not only China's obligation as a responsible and major developing country but also the road China must go through to transform and upgrade its economy. China is willing to, together with all parties, support Fiji as the host of the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and push relevant meetings for success.

Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama expressed that Fiji-China relations are comprehensive and strong. The country thanks China for its long-term and precious assistance, and hopes to enhance industrial and trade cooperation with China. As the presidency of UNFCCC COP 23, Fiji speaks highly of China's significant contribution to dealing with climate change and expects to the constant support from all sides including China.

After the meeting, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral documents on economic and technological cooperation.

State Councilor Yang Jing attended the meeting.

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