Xi Jinping reaches out to new Maldives leadership

Offers to lift ties between the two nations to ‘a new level’ Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday congratulated Ibrahim Solih, Maldives’s President-elect. In his message, President Xi offered to “lift the comprehensive friendly cooperative partnership between China and Maldives to a new level”. Mr. Xi stressed that he “highly values the development of China-Maldives relations…” President Xi spotlighted that “China and the Maldives share a longstanding friendship and China is committed to developing relations with the Maldives on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence” — a reference to Beijing’s stated intent to build ties based on “equality” and “mutual benefit”. Mr. Xi’s offer of continuity in ties with Male comes at a time when it is widely perceived that unlike its predecessor, the Solih administration is more favourably inclined towards India. Some Chinese academics say the situation in the Maldives will test the robustness of the “Wuhan spirit” — a reference to the India-China diplomatic reset achieved during the summit between President Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April at Wuhan. “After the Wuhan summit, mutual confidence between China and India was promoted. Maybe China and India can cooperate under two-plus-one formula not only in the Maldives but also in Afghanistan and Nepal,” Long Xingchun, Director for Indian Studies at the China West Normal University, told The Hindu

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/xi-jinping-reaches-out-to-new-maldives-leadership/article25100873.ece

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