Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama Attends New Year Celebration of Chinese Community in Fiji & Inauguration Ceremony of “Chinese Pavilion”

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of the South Pacific [Time]    2017-02-10 16:37:36 

On Jan. 28th, the New Year Celebration of the Chinese Community in Fiji & the Inauguration Ceremony of the “Chinese Pavilion” commemorating the 160th anniversary of the arrival of the first Chinese people in Fiji was held in Suva, Fiji. Frank Bainimarama, Fijian Prime Minister and H.E. Zhang Ping, Chinese Ambassador to Fiji attended the event at invitation, and cut the ribbon for as well as unveiled the “Chinese Pavilion”. This event was co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Fiji, the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific, China Cultural Center in Fiji and the Chinese Association of Fiji.

Fijian Prime Minister and the Chinese Lion Dance Team

Prime Minister Bainimarama expressed in his speech that the pavilion is a type of traditional Chinese architecture. He was very glad to have a building representing the Chinese history and culture in the capital of Fiji. Ethnic and cultural diversity are important sources of Fiji’s national development. For over 160 years, the Chinese community in Fiji has made tremendous contributions to Fiji’s economic and social development, and became an important part of Fiji’s diverse culture. This pavilion is a pavilion of Fiji-China friendship, and it will become a monument for the contributions made by the Chinese community to Fiji as well as the profound friendship between Fiji and China.

Fijian Prime Minister (right), Ambassador Zhang Ping (middle) and Mme. Yang Hui, Director of the Confucius Institute at University of the South Pacific (left) posing for a group photo

Zhang noted in his speech that bearing abundant Chinese culture and containing numerous good implications, the “Chinese Pavilion” is another example of fruitful results from the friendly exchanges and cooperation in various fields between China and Fiji since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, and a symbol of friendship between the two peoples. Ambassador Zhang said that this pavilion is a present from the Chinese government to all Fijian people. Located in the center of Suva, the pavilion is open to the public. Not only can it provide a resting and cooling off place for citizens, but also will it become a new landmark of the city as well as a new tourism spot.

During this event, the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific organized Peking Opera facial makeup drawing, Chinese painting and calligraphy and other culture experience activities, attracting many guests to watch and participate.

Scene of the event

Fijian child accompanied by his father participating in the activity

Guests taking a group photo

Many media outlets, including Xinhua News Agency, Net Fiji, Fiji Sun and Fiji TV all covered the event.