China says Maldives President-elect assured continuation of bilateral projects

China says Maldives President-elect assured continuation of bilateral projects

China on Thursday said the Maldives’ president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has assured the implementation of the previous bilateral agreements and continue with the ongoing projects in the Indian Ocean island nation.

President Abdulla Yameen’s shock defeat in the September 23 election was widely reported as a blow for China, which financed his administration’s flagship infrastructure projects with loans in excess of a billion dollars, drawing accusations of a debt trap from the main opposition party’s leader.

After the defeat of Yameen, Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Solih. China’s Ambassador to the Maldives Zhang Lizhong also called on Solih as mark of China’s support to the power transition in Male.

Commenting on Zhang’s recent meeting with Solih, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media here on Thursday that the newly president elect had assured continuation of the projects.

Zhang told Solih that China is willing to work with new government to cement the traditional friendship, deepen mutual benefit cooperation and elevate bilateral ties to a higher level, Lu said.

Solhi “expressed thanks for Chinese contribution towards the Maldives’ national development”, he said.

“He said that the new government will stay committed to enhancing ties with China following the already signed cooperation agreements and continue to implement the existing coopera...

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