In an optimistic address marking the 74th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Ambassador Wang Lixin has placed a notable emphasis on China’s intent to bolster its relationship with the Maldives. 

The gathering at the Social Centre in Male’ on Sunday evening saw Ambassador Wang drawing attention to China’s economic resilience, not only as significant for global economic recovery but particularly as a catalyst for fostering a closer partnership with the Maldives.

The ambassador noted that China’s economy has shown a remarkable year-on-year growth of 5.5% in the first half of this year. The IMF forecasts China to grow by 5.2% for the entire year, a figure that bolsters China’s position as a cornerstone for global economic growth. While these numbers are significant on the world stage, the implications for China’s international partners, particularly the Maldives, could be transformative.

“The ever-expanding Chinese economy promises a wealth of opportunities and greater dividends, not just for the world at large, but most pertinently for the Maldives,” Wang explained. These remarks complement recent commentaries by the Chinese Embassy in the Maldives, celebrating the diplomatic relationship of over half a century between the two nations.

Ambassador Wang pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative, celebrating its tenth anniversary, has become an integral part of Sino-Maldivian relations. China has entered into over 200 cooperation agreements globally through this initiative, with the Maldives included among the beneficiaries. Infrastructure projects like the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge and the Velana International Airport expansion are already reaping benefits for the Maldivian people.

Highlighting the 51-year-old friendship between China and the Maldives, Wang cited it as an exemplary model of mutual respect and benefit. “Under the strategic guidance of our leaders, the bilateral relationship has seen stable and substantial growth,” she added.

The ambassador was explicit in her closing remarks about China’s future plans with the Maldives: “We are keen to forge ahead hand-in-hand with the Maldivian government and its people to lay the groundwork for an even stronger, future-oriented, mutually beneficial partnership.”

Ambassador Wang’s remarks serve as a significant indicator of China’s commitment to elevating its relationship with the Maldives. With its economy serving as a bedrock for global economic recovery, China clearly views the Maldives as a key partner in creating a future defined by shared prosperity and deeper cooperation.