China's Ambassador to the Maldives Wang Lixin has said that diplomatic relations between the Maldives and China are an example for other countries.
Speaking at a business forum held at Hotel Jen yesterday on China's Belt and Road project, the Chinese ambassador said the Maldives and China have always respected each other. Ambassador Wang pointed out that it was most visible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Highlighting a number of Chinese-funded projects in the Maldives, Ambassador Wang said that the construction of the Sinamale' Bridge, an important project under the Belt and Road Initiative, is a symbol of the strong ties between the two countries. The ambassador pointed out that in just four years, the bridge was crossed 100 million times.
Pointing out that over 11,000 social housing units have been set up in the Maldives by Chinese companies, the ambassador said it has greatly improved the lives of the people of the country.
The ambassador also said that the expansion of Velana International Airport doubled the capacity of the country's transportation system, which would go a long way in boosting and promoting tourism in the country.
The Ambassador also noted that Chinese companies have been involved in various projects in the Maldives, including solar power generation projects, construction of office buildings and solid waste disposal works.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Maldives and China.