China gets land in Maldives to construct embassy
Male: China has been allotted a plot in the heart of the Maldivian capital to open its embassy.
Chinese embassy currently works out from a rented complex and the plot has been allotted to it to construct its own building.
The plot with a land area of 3,920 square feet at Majeedhee Magu near the National Stadium, is a stone`s throw away from the Indian High Commission.
China had opened its embassy in November last year in a rented building belonging to the family of former Maldivian Presdient Mohamed Nasheed.
China had then said that it was opening an embassy since ties with the Maldives had grown steadily. Interestingly Chinese tourists constitue the largest chunk of annual visitors to the island chain`s pristine beaches.
Only India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh have an established diplomatic presence in the Maldives, whose capital Male only has a population of about 100,000.
Most other countries work through their embassies in Sri Lanka, 650 kms away.
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