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China's new mission in Fiji

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28 January 2010 13:15

In November I looked at China's engagement in East Timor, including its brand new Embassy, nearing completion. In Fiji, there are also signs of China's largesse and increased engagement. On a Sunday afternoon in stiflingly hot Suva all was quiet except for the Chinese labourers busy completing the new Chinese Embassy compound due to open later this year:

By the look of the old mission (pictured below) China was due for an upgrade, but the new mission also highlights China's attempt to demonstrate it is taking the region seriously. I'll have more on its aid projects later. Of course, China is not the only country building a brand new mission in Fiji — the US is also upgrading to an even larger facility.

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