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The Taipei Trade Office in Fiji hosted the 108th National Day Reception of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Tuesday this week at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva. More than 200 invited guests from Fijian government ministries and departments, the diplomatic corps, international organisations, NGOs, the Chinese Education Society, various prestigious institutions, alumni, and Taiwanese community, attended the event.
In her opening remarks, Taiwan’s Representative Jessica C. Lee reflected on Taiwan’s achievements.
“After 70 years of economic development and political reforms, Taiwan was praised worldwide as the beacon of democracy in Asia. The story of Taiwan is a story of people who created an economic miracle; a story of an established world model of national healthcare system; a story of an island country which safeguards democracy and the universal vale of freedom of speech and human rights. With its 23 million population, we ranked 21st in the global economy, the 5th in foreign reserve, and the 13th on global competitiveness.”
Taiwan and Fiji share the same Austronesian heritage, the bilateral relationship is based on the principle of mutual respect and common prosperity, she said.
“To implement our partnership with Fiji, we have focused on the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, medical services, small grassroot projects, capacity building, personnel training and scholarship scheme, etc.”
The two governments signed a MOU on fishery cooperation last month, which strengthens existing relationship, and to undertake specific bilateral activities of mutual benefit, Lee added.
Speaking of pressing issues of climate change, Representative Lee praised Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s recent achievements.
She stressed that even though Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Taiwan is willing to share its experiences and to make contribution, and call upon Fiji, as a regional leader and global advocator in combating climate change, to support Taiwan’s participation in the upcoming COP25 in Chile.
“As a responsible stakeholder in the Pacific, we will continue to join like-minded countries to safeguard the rule-based order and the international law for peace, security and prosperity in the Pacific region, Representative Lee.
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