PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has expressed confidence that friendly relations between Fiji and the People’s Republic of China will continue to reach new heights.

In a congratulatory message to his Chinese counterpart, Premier, Mr Li Keqiang, on the occasion of the 64th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the head of the Fijian Government said, “I am confident that the friendly relations between our two great countries will continue to prosper and elevated into greater heights in the coming years.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama assured Premier Keqiang of Fiji’s commitment to grow relations between the two nations.

“I wish Your Excellency good health, your great country and its people prosperity and happiness”, the Prime Minister said in his message.

The Chinese Embassy hosted a reception last night which was attended by His Excellency, the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the first lady, Adi Koila Nailatikau as well as Cabinet Ministers.

China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Mr Huang Yong said China considers Fiji as an equal partner and equal member of the world community.

“The China-Fiji relationship embodies the very essence of China’s major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics,” he said.

He said China-Fiji relations have reached new heights and continues to provide tangible result.

Mr Yong said one such case was the bilateral trade between the two nations which in the first half of 2013 reached US$125million (FJD$232.6m), an increase by 26.5 per cent when compared to last year.

“Exchanges and cooperation between the two countries are not only broad and comprehensive but also bring tangible benefits to the two peoples,” the Ambassador said.

“We support the government and people of Fiji in choosing their own development path in line with their own national conditions.”