Suva (Fiji): Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Fiji on a whirlwind visit aimed at strengthening economic and strategic ties with Pacific island nations.
Both leaders have targeted the Pacific as a vital stop on their way home from the recent Group of 20 summit in Australia.
He will then meet a delegation of up to eight Pacific island leaders today.
"An important agenda of my visit is to invite leaders of all Pacific island countries that have diplomatic ties with China to Fiji for discussions on ways to further grow China's relations with these countries and jointly draw a blueprint for the bright future of our friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial co-operation," Xi said in a statement released ahead of his arrival.
"The friendly exchanges between the people of China and Pacific Island countries date back to a long time ago.
"We feel a natural kinship with each other."
Countries involved in the talks along with Fiji include Samoa, Vanuatu, Niue, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, and Papua New Guinea.