The Sino-Mal­dives Agree­ment

Southasia - - Briefing -

In his re­cent visit to the Mal­dives, Li Changchun, chief of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, met with Mal­di­vian Pres­i­dent, Mo­hammed Wa­heed, to sign a de­ci­sive agree­ment to strengthen bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion. The two coun­tries have co­or­di­nated pre­vi­ously on in­fra­struc­ture and tourism agree­ments and it is hoped that this new ground-break­ing ini­tia­tive will bring eco­nomic pros­per­ity to both coun­tries. Dur­ing his visit, Li ap­plauded the growth of the China-Mal­dives re­la­tion­ship and aimed to en­hance strate­gic mu­tual trust, con­sol­i­date tra­di­tional friend­ships and pro­mote bi- lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion. In ad­di­tion to this, both coun­tries ex­pressed the hope to fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas of fish­ery, trans­porta­tion, cul­ture and hu­man rights.

Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Wa­heed, re­it­er­ated that the Mal­dives will sup­port China on is­sues of vi­tal in­ter­est. Prais­ing China’s re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, Wa­heed made spe­cific ref­er­ence to its for­eign pol­icy of boost­ing friendly and co­op­er­a­tive ties with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries in­clud­ing those with the Mal­dives. The Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion also met with Ab­dulla Shahid, Speaker of the Mal­di­vian Peo­ple’s Ma­jlis, and re­it­er­ated the need for both coun­tries to pro­mote mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and friend­ship.

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