Maldives affirms support for “One China” policy

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Male’, Maldives – The Maldivian government has reaffirmed their commitment to the One China policy, the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government.

This was revealed earlier today, during a meeting between The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign affairs reads that during this meeting “both countries agreed to explore new avenues of cooperation, and to expand on existing ties, including, in the field of climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and on economic and financial cooperation. Furthermore, the Government of Maldives expressed its keen interest to continue its dialogue with China at the level of foreign ministers. The nature of the consultations was positive and forward looking, with discussions having taken place on a myriad of issues important to both countries.”

His Excellency Mr. Amin Javed Faizal, Additional Secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Maldives Delegation. The Chinese Delegation was led by His Excellency Mr. Chen Song, Deputy Director General at the Asian Affairs Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

At the meeting, Additional Secretary Javed Faizal reiterated and reaffirmed the Government of Maldives’ “unwavering and firm commitment to the One-China Policy” and expressed Maldives’ appreciation to the Chinese Government and Chinese enterprises, for the assistance and generosity they have extended to the Maldives during the Covid-19 crisis.

He stated that China is a major development partner of the Maldives, and revealed the government is greatly anticipating the resumption of flights, trade and connectivity between the two countries.

Mr. Chen Song said that both countries currently enjoy a good relationship and that China further seeks to expand the existing ties and to strengthen the bilateral relationship. He expressed China appreciation for the support it has received from the Maldives, and stated that China considers the Maldives to be an important partner.