Chinese president Xi Jinping visits Fiji as part of China's Pacific engagement to strengthen ties
China's president Xi Jinping is in Fiji on a whirlwind visit aimed at strengthening economic and strategic ties with Pacific island nations.
Mr Xi's visit came after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi stopped over in Fiji also to court regional leaders, who form one of the largest voting blocs at the United Nations.
Both leaders targeted the Pacific as a vital stop on their way home from the recent G20 summit in Australia.
Mr Xi is holding bilateral talks today with Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama and seven other Pacific heads of state, including Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill.
During a traditional welcoming ceremony in the tourist town of Nadi last night, Mr Bainimarama said Fiji wanted China to be fully engaged in the Pacific.
In a thinly veiled swipe at Australia and New Zealand, he said China had been "a true friend of Fiji" and had never interfered in Fiji's internal politics.
ITSY BITSY MOUSE WENT FOR A WALK WITH HIS FRIEND THE ELEPHANT.
THEY ADMIRED THE FLOWERS AND BIRDS ALL ALONG THE WAY.
SOON THEY CAME TO A BRIDGE. AND AS THEY CROSSED THE BROOK, THE
BRIDGE TREMBLED AND SHOOK UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE ELEPHANT.
"GOSH,' SQUEAKED THE MOUSE WHEN THEY WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREAM,
"DIDN'T WE MAKE THAT BRIDGE SHAKE"
THE INSIGNIFICANT SOMETIMES FEEL IMPORTANT WHEN IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GREAT.