SUVA, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- A total of 200 China-aided vehicles were handed over to the Fijian government here on Thursday.
Both sides believe that the much-needed vehicles for the South Pacific island state will contribute to a better service in education, healthcare and other sectors in both urban and rural areas.
Speaking at the handover ceremony of the vehicles, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama thanked China for the vehicles which include 50 school buses, 30 ambulances, 50 police cars, 50 minibuses and 20 panel vans.
"I'd like to begin by thanking the government of China for making (such) a donation that will contribute to assisting my government to achieve this objective. China has been a steadfast friend, and we are deeply appreciative of this assistance," he said.
The prime minister also hoped that he will work with the Chinese side to make the strong partnership between China and Fiji even stronger.
For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo said that the vehicle project is made possible under the direct attention from both Chinese and Fijian leaders who witnessed the signing of the vehicle project agreement. This project demonstrates the strategic partnership between China and Fiji based on mutual respect and common development.