Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on December 6, 2017
Q: ……. And my second question is about the visit of Maldivian President. Can you just provide us some details? There was controversy regarding the FTA signed between China and Maldives recently. There were the opposition parties in Maldives that have criticized the agreement saying that it is going to end up landing Maldives more in debt. I appreciate your reaction to this.
…..As to your second question, President of Maldives will pay a state visit to China from December 6 to 9 upon President Xi Jinping’s invitation. We hope this visit will further enhance mutual political trust between the two countries, deepen our practical cooperation and advance the sustained, sound and steady development of bilateral relations to the benefits of the two peoples.
With regard to the free trade agreement between China and Maldives, I would like to tell you that the negotiation and signing of the China-Maldives free trade agreement are part of the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and in line with the trend of economic globalization. The two sides have conducted several rounds of negotiation with the principle of mutual respect and equality and mutual benefit, and come to this fairly high-standard, mutually beneficial and win-win free trade agreement at the end. This is not only conducive to the sustainable development of China-Maldives bilateral economic and trade relations, but also to the improvement of the trade and investment liberalization and facilitation of this region.