China hopes for restoration of stability in Fiji

Updated: 2006-12-07 20:46

China on Thursday called on related parties in Fiji to work to solve differences and restore stability, following a coup in the island nation earlier in the week.

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"We are closely following developments in Fiji, and hope that related parties can find a way to appropriately solve differences and problems, and realize stability," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular press conference.

Fiji's military leader Frank Bainimarama ousted democratically elected Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase on Tuesday and has declared a state of emergency.

In response to the coup, the United States announced a halt in its aid to the country, while Australia and New Zealand said they were imposing a wide range of sanctions.

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