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Chinese premier expects progress in China-Fiji FTA feasibility study
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang(R) shakes hands with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, July 16, 2015. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday 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.
China backs Fiji's constructive role in regional cooperation among the Pacific island countries, he said, pledging stronger cooperation with the country on issues such as climate change and UN Security Council reform.
Calling China Fiji's important partner, Bainimarama praised China's role in countering climate change.
He expected stronger cooperation with China in such areas as trade, fishery and aviation, as well as in global and regional affairs.
Fiji was the first Pacific island country that established diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China on Nov. 5, 1975.
Li hailed the achievements of bilateral ties over the past 40 years, vowing to deepen political trust, exchanges and cooperation with the country.
After their talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of cooperation documents regarding trade, technology and culture.
Bainimarama is visiting China from July 14 to 24 as Li's guest.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (front L) holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama before their talks in Beijing, China, July 16, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) and Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama attend a signing ceremony after their talks in Beijing, China, July 16, 2015. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)