President Xi Jinping met President of MaldivesAbdulla Yameenin Nanjing on August 16th to warmly welcome him for attending the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. PresidentYameen praised China's preparation for the event and believedthat the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games will bring more friendship and joy to young people.
President Xi pointed out that both China and Maldives respect and support each other,the two countries have developed healthy and steady bilateral relation, which is considered a good model of an equal, friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between a big country and a small country. China respects the Maldives people and their own political system and development policyaccording to their own national conditions, andChina hopes that the Maldivescould maintain political stability, social harmony and economic prosperity. China considers the Maldivesas an important partner in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region and itis willing to work with Maldives to consolidate the traditional friendship, expand tourism cooperation, trade, infrastructure construction and ensure key projects to achieve good results. Maldives is an ancient maritime “Silk Road”economic path, China welcomes Maldives to actively participate in “Maritime Silk Road” construction in the 21st centuryand make better marine cooperation between the two countries.
President Yameen expressed that China is an important partner of Maldives to assist and promote Maldives' economic and social development with great contributions. China and Maldives established a friendly cooperation modelfor other countries around the world. Maldives cherishes the relationship with China, always support the “One-China” policy. It would like to work with China to strengthen exchanges and further develop the current friendship. HeinvitedPresident Xi to officially visit Maldives at the earliest convenience.He strongly believes that the high level exchange visits will vigorously promote the relations between the two countries to a new level.
The two national leaders also witnessed the signing ceremony of the bilateral economic and technological cooperationagreements between the two governments.