Trade and economic ties between Fiji and China are expected to be further strengthened today, with the newly established Fiji China Business Council.
The Fiji Times quotes the council patron and businessman, Sir James Ah Koy as saying the government has given sanction and support for the registration of the new body by the state.
Sir James says the president of the Fiji Chamber of Commerce Taito Waradi, has agreed to be the council's first secretary general.
He says the Fiji / China Business Council has been spearheaded and sponsored by the Fiji Chinese Federation of Commerce and Trade.
Mr Waradi says the Fiji bureaucracy and red tape are the biggest impediments Chinese investors face in trying to set up business in the country.
Mr Waradi has called on officials dealing with business applications, to learn the Chinese language.