Minister of Islamic Affairs Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed has commenced an official visit to China to attend the 8th China-Eurasia Expo, scheduled from 26 to 30 June in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, according the Islamic Affairs Ministry.

During his visit, which marks his first official overseas trip since being confirmed by parliament, Minister Saeed is scheduled to tour some of China’s prominent mosques and Islamic academies.

According to the Secretariat of China-Eurasia Expo, over 1,900 companies and institutions from 50 countries, regions, and international organisations will participate in the upcoming expo. Established in 2011, the China-Eurasia Expo has successfully organised seven sessions and generated substantial outcomes, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce.

Over the years, the expo has attracted over 12,200 domestic and foreign exhibitors from 70 countries and regions, drawing a total of 2.16 million visitors, as reported by China’s Commerce Ministry. These expos have resulted in notable cooperation achievements, fostering economic and trade collaboration between China and Eurasia, and bolstering people-to-people exchanges, the China’s Commerce Ministry said.

President Mohamed Muizzu is recognised as a strong ally of China, maintaining a pro-China stance. In January, he visited China, leading to the signing of several bilateral agreements between the two nations. Since assuming office, President Muizzu has awarded numerous infrastructure development projects to Chinese firms, solidifying the bond between the two countries.