China-Mal­dives Friend­ship Bridge opens

Changjiang Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - By Tao Changn­ing & Han Wei

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.

(Xin­hua News Agency)

China-Mal­dives Friend­ship Bridge

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