Close Friends and Partners for Development

    September 14, 2014 - 2 years 10 months ago
    , 33 comments

By: H.E. Xi Jinping
President of the People’s Republic of China


Known as “a string of pearls that God left in the human world” and with its simple and warm-hearted people and picturesque scenery, Maldives is a magnet attracting tourists from around the world. But hearing it one hundred times from others is not as good as seeing it once, and I look forward to visiting your beautiful island country on the Indian Ocean.

The friendly exchanges between China and Maldives have a long history. As early as in China’s Ming Dynasty, the famous Chinese navigator Zheng He twice called at Maldives with his expedition fleet, and King Yusof of Maldives sent his envoys to China three times. Today, ancient Chinese porcelain ware and coins unearthed locally are on display in the National Museum in Malé, which bear witness to the friendly interactions between the two countries.

In 1972, China and Maldives established diplomatic relations. In the 40-plus years since then, our two countries have always respected, trusted and supported each other, setting a good example of countries different in size treating each other as equals, living in amity and engaging in mutually beneficial cooperation. Recent years have seen growing exchanges in various fields and enhanced practical cooperation between the two countries. Two-way trade and particularly tourism have grown rapidly. China has been the largest source of tourists for Maldives for four years running. To the Chinese, especially the young people, Maldives is an ideal holiday destination and a romantic retreat. China has endeavored to assist Maldives in growing its economy and improving people’s livelihood. All this shows that China and Maldives are not only sincere friends who trust and help each other, we are also partners in the common pursuit of development and prosperity.

As an old Chinese poem puts it, “The river is wide at full tide; a strong wind sends the sail surging forward.” China-Maldives relations are now on a new upward trajectory and face major opportunities. We should seize the opportunities and keep the momentum of our growing relations, boost our traditional friendship, intensify cooperation in various fields, and lift China-Maldives relations to a new height.

China and Maldives should strengthen political mutual trust. China appreciates the Maldivian government’s commitment to the one China policy and its abiding and valuable support to China on issues affecting China’s core interests. China always stands for equality of all countries, whether big or small. China will, as always, respect the choice of the political system and development path made by the Maldivian people in light of your national conditions.

China and Maldives should intensify practical cooperation. China calls for the creation of a 21st century maritime silk road. Strategically located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives was an important stop of the ancient maritime silk road. China welcomes Maldives to get actively involved in building the 21st century maritime silk road by leveraging its own strength. China looks forward to working with Maldives to speedily translate this cooperation initiative into reality so as to boost the development and prosperity of all countries and the rise of Asia.

China and Maldives should boost cultural and people-to-people exchanges. After Fascinating Maldives, a program produced by China Central Television station, was aired in China, more and more Chinese tourists have been attracted to Maldives by its coconut trees, clear waters and quiet beaches. China also welcomes more Maldivians to go to China for sightseeing and study. Our two governments should further facilitate travel exchanges and our airline companies should open more routes. With these efforts, we will feel close even when we are thousands of miles away from each other.

China and Maldives should enhance coordination on multilateral issues. Maldives is an important partner of China in South Asia and the Indian Ocean. China will continue to pursue close cooperation with Maldives on climate change, human rights and other issues. China hopes that Maldives will have a greater say and play a unique role in international and regional affairs.

The ship of China-Maldives friendship has set sail. I am confident that with our joint efforts, it will brave winds and waves and forge ahead toward an even brighter future.

33 Comments

Nees

Addu
    2 years 10 months ago
22
great article...thank you for the sweet words said about Maldives...you are a great president....
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Adam

Male
    2 years 10 months ago
19
President Zee Jingping is a very great politician, China is growing fast with his wise leadership, Maldives is lucky to get hands of China in its development....
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nooh

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
14
thank you President H.E. Xi Jinping
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Nishaan

Male
    2 years 10 months ago
11
Thanks you Mr. Xi, welcome to the sunny side of the world...one world, one china Maldives....
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Seeman

Hulhumale
    2 years 10 months ago
8
Thanks to President Xi, and thanks to President Yameen, Its first time we see a Chinese president visiting Maldives, the development of Maldives is bright under the leadership of HEP Yameen.
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Eva Abdulla

Male
    2 years 10 months ago
11
Thank you very much from Maldives
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saeed

Male Atoll
    2 years 10 months ago
12
Thank you President. Create Historical article
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Mohamed

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
13
We are with you 100% Mr. President. Thanks for your personal interest in our small nation. We are looking forward for your support in economic and infrastructure development of Maldives.
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Yoosuf

Fuvahmulah
    2 years 10 months ago
6
I am proud to be a Maldivian today, wish and pray for a fruitful relationshiop for China-Maldives.....
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Anees

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
8
I believe this would not be the last Article he would write about Maldives and like to see more and more in the future.
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AARU

L. Gan
    2 years 10 months ago
8
HE President, We hope our 17km link road project will commence this historical visit. the longest link RD in the Maldives, Gan_Fonadoo.
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Jaadhulla

Male
    2 years 10 months ago
8
Thank you, Your Excellency for the nice words. Looking forward for your visit. In this new world order, World Economic Might and Peace Heaven(small though) can come up with a new equation that fits both friendly nations. Long live the China- Maldives friendship
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Thyna

South Ari Atoll
    2 years 10 months ago
7
Thank you H.E Mr. Xi, your marvelous express about our small patch of paradise.
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Solih

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
6
Thank you Mr President for helping in our beautiful nation's development.
Welcome to the Sunny Side of Life.
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Sharid

Malaysia
    2 years 10 months ago
7
Thank You Very Much kind and beautiful words to describe the country H.E. Xi Jinping (President People's Republic of China). Awaiting to see you visit the country. Thank You Once Again.
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Mohamed

Faafu Atoll
    2 years 10 months ago
2
Mr President why you come maldives? You bridge? please bring more bridge to us. We need bridge and we need many other things like tourists and money. Please bring tourist and money too. My country is good people live. You can see it/
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Noor

LK
    2 years 10 months ago
9
This article by H.E. Xi Jinping describes a lot. This is a great honer for Maldivians, as it doesn't always happen, such a great president from a great country writes and comments so positively towards us. This shows the love and close relationship he is willing to built with us.
WE ARE WITH YOU MR.PRESIDENT and Thanks for the kind comments.
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Moosa

Addu
    2 years 10 months ago
6
"21st century silk road" sounds great!!!!
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Ali

Male
    2 years 10 months ago
8
today we are seeing the changes of an economic mind set in the Maldives, No Doubt, the historical visit of the President of China will lift up the relationship of Maldives-China to a defferent level....proud of u Mr. President Yameen, thak you Chinese President...
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Mustafa

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
7
Great to see Chinese President in Maldives
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Ibrahim

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
3
Its indeed a great honour for the people of Maldive to get an opportunity to welcome the President of the one of the mightiest countries in the world, and no doubt the economic supper power. this visit of the president of China symbolizes how distinct its foreign policies and relations with small nations are from that of that of US and the Europe.
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Dhonkalo

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
3
Welcome to the Maldives, Mr president (of China) . It is a great pleasure for us to see you in our country.
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Ali

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
4
Dear President, welcome to Maldives. WE LOVE CHINA. There is a reason we say this... we find sincerity, respect, justice, non-aggression & well balanced relations in your relationships with other countries. These are values absent in other superpowers. This has been noted by many renowned political leaders as well. We also welcome you as the 21st century Super Power. Though Maldives is very small, there can be many areas we can cooperate and mutually benefit and we thank you for your consideration for Maldives. Once again, we love the Chinese.
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Yaasir

Addu
    2 years 10 months ago
0
Chinese President coming...bridge coming...
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Adam Rasheed Ahmed

Male City
    2 years 10 months ago
3
Mr. PRESIDENDT ,

" Friend in Need is Friend Indeed "

The beloved Citizen of Maldives & its Virgin Govt. of 5 years terms of President Yameen has huge Expectations from China in terms of Our Potential Relationship in Geopolitics.

Mr. President, HEP your fruitful idea's into action has made CHINA face lifted & paradigm Shifted as modern vibrantly economy moves towards world top leadership in modern history.

Meantime ,the games of "brinksmanship" being played by Chinese naval forces in the Western Pacific have put the region on edge, propelling Asia into becoming “the most militarized region in the world.”

Yet while the world’s attention has been focused on the maritime arena, it is China’s neighbor to the south, India, that has quietly become the world’s largest importer of arms & Etc.





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Farihibe

Male
    2 years 10 months ago
2
Mr. President your great idea will be one of the most important inspiration for our its alliance. ofcourse 21st century we must find a new way to build the world and left behind poverty in our region, we as Maldivian have no doubt about chiness bravery. I hope this idea will come true within a years. our President is open minded economist he will tieup his hand with china for the benefit of the country and generation to come. Thank you for visiting Maldives. it's our National pride.

Farihibe/siyaasee
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Ammaty

male
    2 years 10 months ago
3
We luv you Prez.Your word brought tears to my eyes.We salute u with respect and warm weclum from Maldives.
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Jesse

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
4
So touched and happy to see Our dear Xi boss to visit Maldives...We Chinese expats in Maldives are so exicited! We are proud of you and China. And Thank you very much Maldives friends for such a warmest welcome to Mr. Xi. Hope our friendship last forever~!!
JC
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Master12345

Male'
    2 years 10 months ago
2
this brought tears in my eyes
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Dhonkamana

Kelaa
    2 years 10 months ago
3
Hope our friendship last forever... "China-Maldives relations are now on a new upward trajectory and face major opportunities" so Thank you dear President H.E. Xi! we love you.
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Truly Maldives

    2 years 10 months ago
1
We are honoured by this article!
We do hope with a visionary president as president Yaameen this is the begining of a great developmental step for Maldived
China Maldives collaboration. ..may this bring glad tidings to us n our ship will sail far m sure...
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Jiyad

Male
    2 years 10 months ago
1
"Baraabaru Raees". Long live Silk Road.
Indeed this is memorable visit, the beautiful pearl islands welcomes China president.
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Hazum

male
    2 years 10 months ago
1
Xi Jinping you should get a #Medal :D ;)
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