Your Excellency President Yameen, Friends from the Press:‎

Good morning! It is a pleasure meeting you today.‎

I would like to convey to you and through you to the Maldivian ‎people sincere regards and best wishes from the Chinese people.‎

This is the first time for me to visit the beautiful and charming country ‎of Maldives. I thank the Maldivian Government and the people for the warm ‎hospitality.‎

Just now, I had a very candid and fruitful discussion with President ‎Yameen, and witnessed the signing of a series of cooperation agreements ‎between our two countries in the areas of foreign affairs, trade and investment, ‎infrastructure development, and science and technology. We both agree that ‎China and Maldives are friends who can help each other and partners who can ‎work with each other. We have a great future ahead for our bilateral relations.‎

Our two sides have decided to jointly build the Future-Oriented All-‎Round Friendly and Cooperation Partnership between China and Maldives, and ‎carry out wider exchanges and cooperation, so that we will bring fresh vitality to ‎our bilateral relations. The two sides have agreed to maintain high level ‎exchanges, and I would like to invite President Yameen to make a state visit to ‎China at a time convenient to both sides.‎

Our two sides have also agreed to engage ourselves in the building of ‎‎21st century maritime silk route, and strengthen our cooperation in the areas of ‎marine economy, maritime security, oceanic research and conservation, and ‎disaster management. We will work hard to push some key projects, and try to ‎launch some projects with early benefits as soon as possible.‎

Our two sides have agreed to establish the Joint Committee on Trade ‎and Economic Cooperation between China and Maldives, and hold its first ‎meeting early, so that the two sides can jointly plan our cooperation in trade, ‎investment and major projects, and push for our cooperation particularly in the ‎areas of infrastructure development and people’s livelihood.‎

China will also give positive consideration to supporting the ‎construction of Male-Hulhule Bridge, and proposes to name it as “China-‎Maldives Friendship Bridge”. China will encourage more Chinese enterprises to ‎actively engage in the economic transformation of Maldives as well as in projects ‎like Youth City establishment, and continue to provide financing support to ‎projects that the two sides have agreed.‎

China will continue to provide assistance to the social and economic ‎agreement of Maldives as before. In order to help the Maldivian side to ‎strengthen its capacity to address the challenge of climate change, China will ‎provide goods assistance to the Maldives under the South-South cooperation ‎framework, and cooperate in areas of human resources training and technologies ‎related to energy saving and environment conservation.‎

Our two sides will continue to expand our cooperation in tourism, ‎human resources, and culture. China will continue to facilitate the Maldives to ‎expand the Chinese tourism market, support Chinese enterprises to invest in ‎tourism industries of Maldives, and encourage more Chinese tourists to visit ‎Maldives. China will also carry out cooperation in civil servants training and help ‎Maldivian citizens to learn Chinese.‎

China always sees Maldives as its close friend and sincere partner. The ‎Chinese side always respects the independence, sovereignty, and territorial ‎integrity o f Maldives, and respect the political systems and development paths ‎chose by the Maldivian people based on their own national condition. China will ‎commit itself to establishing friendly and cooperative relations with Maldives ‎based on Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. We would like to join our ‎hands with the Maldives to further advance the development of the Future-‎Oriented All-Round Friendly and Cooperation Partnership between China and ‎Maldives.‎

I would like to also take this chance to express my heart-felt gratitude ‎to the warm hospitality and sound organization for my visit by President Yameen, ‎the Maldivian Government and people, and also the friendship and kindness ‎shown by the Maldivian people to China.‎

Thank you very much! ‎