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Fiji looks to Beijing

Premier Sitiveni Rabuka at a New Year’s event at the Chinese Embassy.

Change of times in Fiji: In his first interview as the new prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka announced that he would “rethink” the traditional security partnerships with the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. These partners have seen Fiji only as “output of their colonial regimes of the past and have not reorientated their thinking to the international landscape where we are all equal.” China, on the other hand, “has come in with a blank sheet of paper,” the 74-year-old said. “They have seen us as just development partners.”

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