Obama Admininstration Making a Difference with International Trade Especially with Fiji

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Regaining economic strength should be a geopolitical priority where trade is not a subordinate of national-security but is national security,” Clyde Prestowitz.
In his personal statement of 7th October 2010 to mark the 40th anniversary of Fiji’s Independence, US President Barrack Obama, affirmed his support for the Fiji Government by stating, “The people of our nations enjoy a friendship founded on the mutual commitments of our societies to peace, freedom, rule of law and democratic ideals." And declared, “I am confident that we will build ever closer ties between our countries.” Ironically though, Prime Minister Bainimarama chose to celebrate Fiji’s 40th Anniversary of Independence attending the World Expo in Shanghai engaging, with
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By outsourcing its policies to Australia, the United States felt its views and interests were not represented when the strained relationship between Fiji and Australia created a vacuum in the Pacific that China was only too happy to fill.
Fiji’s Foreign Policy - Post 2009
The hard line stance Australia has taken against Fiji because of the events of 2006 and its representation of United States interests in the South Pacific had failed to realize the importance of Fiji being the hub of the Pacific and its potential influence over its regional Pacific Island neighbors. This diplomatic isolation had pushed Fiji away from its traditional allies [Australia, New Zealand, US], to adopt a proactive foreign policy stance and maximize on opportunities that new foreign relationships had created. Post 2009 has seen the establishment of diplomatic ties with 120 countries and since 2010 -the opening of five new embassies - Seoul, Dubai, Indonesia, Brazil and South Africa. This new look foreign policy trend dubbed Fiji’s, ‘Look North Policy’ saw Fiji opening its doors to any foreign state with initiatives in providing Fiji with aid, trade and investments opportunities and socio-economical support. Fiji’s foreign policy orientation reflects the Government’s Strategic Framework for Change which includes reforms that Prime Minister Bainimarama has vowed to implement before 2014 elections. However a practical

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