Beijing: Promising to provide a boost to
tourism-dependent Maldives, China Sunday said it would
encourage its cash-rich citizens to visit the Indian Ocean
archipelago and facilitate more Maldivian students to study in
Chinese President Hu Jintao, who met his Maldivian
counterpart Mohamed Nasheed said China would further encourage
citizens to visit Maldives, advance China-Maldives cooperation
in tourism and help more students from that country to study
According to official estimates, about 54 million Chinese
were expected to visit abroad this year and many countries
including India are trying to woo a substantial number of them
to boost tourism.
Maldives with its exotic islands is mainly dependent on
Hu also said the two countries would benefit by increased
economic and trade cooperation as Nasheed called on him in
Shanghai. Nasheed is currently visiting China to attend the
China would further implement measures to boost imports
from Maldives and encourage major enterprises to invest in
Maldives, official Xinhua news agency said.
He also called for more efforts from both sides to
increase communication and coordination in international and
Hu said China attaches great importance to the issue of
climate change and fully understands the special concern of
small island states, such as Maldives.
"China is willing to enhance dialogue and cooperation to
safeguard the common interests of developing countries," Hu
Thanking China for helping Maldives on the economic and
social development front, Nasheed said his country appreciates
China`s efforts in pushing forward international cooperation
to address climate change.