What advantage anddisadvantage does Fiji gain from these relationship. Fiji has gain a lot withChina in terms of the economy and infrastructure. There has been a lot done byChina government in terms of Fiji relationship. They have created more jobopportunity in Fiji whereas they have just completed making two 2 bridges androad in the country. There are more tourist coming to our shore which bringsmore economy to the country. However after the 2000 coup the western countrieswithdrew direct capital support from the government. Then china beefed up itsinvestment and support which helped Fiji rid itself of economic recession andwinning favor with local people.After the 2000 coupAustralia and New Zealand back up their relationship and both countries werecondemning the coup and placed sanctions in Fiji.
The reason was they wanteddemocracy in Fiji after the coup. In a long run China has maintained friendlycooperative relationship with Pacific Island countries, actively supportedtheir infrastructure and promoted commercial intercourse. When Chinese visitorsvisited Fiji then they have signed an Agreement of Economic and Technicalcooperation which provides concession loan to Fiji. China’s aid to Fiji hadplayed an important role in Fiji’s economy development.
China provided the aidnot only for the economic but enhancing the ability of being independent andreducing their country on imports. The relationship between china and Fiji issignificant. We have seen it and had experienced through the years that therole was gallant and china played in our countries national development.
China’said also improved the employment rate of women, which enhances theirconfidence. China also donated 1700 sewing machine to the Ministry of woman andwith them, and with that Fiji government built a sewing centre where a lot ofwomen in Fiji benefit. It also played an important role in the process ofbringing Fiji to democracy. Later China Ambassador to Fiji signed a Memorandumof Agreement with the minister responsible for election in 2014 in order tomake the 2014 general election proceed smoothly. In the light of the Memorandumof Agreement, china provided 1.
462 million Fiji dollars to Fiji. Later in thesame year china provided additional 3 million Yuan worth of Police and Lawenforcement equipment to support Fiji’s election. China also stated thatthey would be pro –Fiji and support Fiji and treat Fiji like a friend as longas it support one china policy. Fiji has appreciated china principle for notinterfering in other countries. SinceChina became a diplomatic relations with Fiji they have completed some of themajor projects as follows Technical cooperation project, concessional loanproject, Goods and material assistance project and other forms of assistance,which also includes Bukuya, Nadarivatu and Somosomo hydropower project, BucaBay and Nabouwalu – Dreketi Road, Navuso Bridge, Vodafone Arena sports complex,Navua Hospital and low cost housing and public rental housing project.
Theyhave just completed two 2 bridges one in vatuwaqa and the other one inStinson Bridge in Suva. All these projects are for the improvement of Fiji’sinfrastructure and people’s livelihood based on the Fiji’s social- economic development.Also the Fiji Police Force received large amount of Bikes and other equipmentto strengthen the policing in the country. China and Fiji have many commoninterests in safeguarding and promoting world peace and prosperity. China hasrespect in Fiji’s Independent foreign policy, also they supports Fiji’s effortin upholding its legitimate rights and interests and in playing positive rolein international and regional affairs.
China also thanks Fiji for its supporton many diplomatic issues. To conclude I did not seeany development done by Australia and New Zealand as far as there relation isconcerned. Likewise China did a lot for Fiji as far as Crisis and in any needs,china is there for Fiji. After the coup in 2000 Australia and New Zealand didnot allowed any Military personal to enter in their country which brings theremorality down. Many locals here in Fiji gained more knowledge and experiencewith Chinese counterparts. They employed many Fijian to work with them to gainknowledge. They brought trucks and machinery for work purpose and once the works are donethen they will sell and take the economy back to china which is some short fallfor Fiji as far as I am concern.