China-Maldives Friendship Bridge opens
A grand opening ceremony was held in Maldives' capital Malé at 8:30 p.m. on August 30 local time. It celebrated the opening of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge. Nearly 2,000 people, including representatives of the Chinese and Maldivian governments, bridge builders and locals, attended the ceremony. Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen and representative of the Chinese government and head of China's International Development Cooperation Agency Wang Xiaotao, jointly unveiled the bridge's commemorative plaque.
In September 2014 during his visit to Maldives, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an agreement with Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen that China would provide assistance in the construction of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, a cross-sea bridge to connect the capital Malé and neighboring Hulhule Island where the Maldives' main international airport is located. This bridge is the first largescale infrastructure successfully implemented by the Belt and Road Initiative and a landmark for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The contractor of the bridge was CCCC Second Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd., a company headquartered in Wuhan.
Amila, a Maldivian and HR manager of the Project Department of C C C SecondC Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd., believes the bridge will lead to a brighter future of the Maldives.
Spanning the Gaadhoo Strait in the Indian Ocean now is a six-span composite Vshaped rigid frame bridge totaling 1,390 meters. The shape of the bridge integrates both Chinese and Maldivian elements. The arched structure of the main bridge reflects traditional Chinese bridge elements. The three V-shaped piers are like seagulls, incorporating the local marine environment in its design.
The construction is implemented according to the Chinese standards, specifications, technology and management.
China-Maldives Friendship Bridge