The Sino-Maldives Agreement
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.