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Wang Yi: China and the Maldives Are Jointly Embarking on a Road to Hope, Prosperity and Happiness
2022-01-08 22:30

On January 8, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid jointly met the press in Malé.

Wang Yi said, through 50-year joint efforts, China-Maldives relations have become a good example of friendly exchanges and win-win cooperation between countries.

Wang Yi stressed, as a comprehensive friendly partner of cooperation, China supports the Maldives in accelerating its economic and social development and enhancing its capacity for independent development. This is China's original and consistent aspiration and down-to-earth action in conducting cooperation with the Maldives. We have advanced the renovation and expansion project of the Velana International Airport so that the Maldivian people can have a modern international airport. The completion of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge has solved the Maldivian people's chronic travel difficulties. So far, the bridge has witnessed more than 100 million travels. We have built more than 10,000 housing units for the Maldivian side and helped tens of thousands of Maldivian families improve their living conditions. Within the G20 framework, we have actively facilitated debt alleviation and suspension for the Maldives, accounting for three-quarters of the Maldives' international total debt suspension. During this visit, we have also decided to launch a new batch of assistance and cooperation projects with the Maldives to boost the country's economic revitalization. Facts have proved that the joint construction of the Maritime Silk Road by China and the Maldives serves the common interests of the two peoples. We are jointly embarking on a road to hope, prosperity and happiness.

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