Yameen’s visit to Beijing: China trumpets OBOR pact, Maldives hails FTA

Yameen’s visit to Beijing: China trumpets OBOR pact, Maldives hails FTA

China and the Maldives appear to have different perspectives on Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen’s three day visit to Beijing which would end on December 9, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily FT. Both countries feel that the visit has taken the relationship to a higher level and broadened its scope greatly. But while China has laid stress […]

Free trade and OBOR pacts take Sino-Maldivian ties to a new height

Free trade and OBOR pacts take Sino-Maldivian ties to a new height

The signing of a Free Trade Agreement and an MoU on cooperation in implementing China’s ambitious and prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) international connectivity project at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Thursday, has taken Sino-Maldivian relations to a new height, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. The signing, watched by Chinese […]

China and Maldives sign Free Trade and OBOR cooperation agreements

China and Maldives sign Free Trade and OBOR cooperation agreements

Beijing, December 7 (newsin.asia): In a landmark event at the Great Hall of People here on Thursday, Maldives and China signed a Free Trade Agreement (MCFTA) as well as an MoU on cooperation in implementing China’s ambitious and prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) international connectivity project. In all twelve agreements were signed  in the […]

Yameen says China is Maldives’ “closest development and commercial partner”

Yameen says China is Maldives’ “closest development and commercial partner”

Beijing, December 7 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is on a three-day visit to China at the invitation of  the Chinese President Xi Jinping, has said that China is Maldives’ “closest development and commercial partner.” Speaking at the official reception held to mark the 45 th. anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations […]

Yameen in China to further economic ties

Yameen in China to further economic ties

Beijing,December 6 (newsin.asia):  The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, accompanied by First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim, arrived here on Wednesday on a three-day visit to China to further the already strong economic ties between the two countries. Yameen, who is on a State visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, is expected to oversee […]

Maldives-China FTA to be signed during Yameen’s Dec 6 to 9 visit to Beijing

Maldives-China FTA to be signed during Yameen’s Dec 6 to 9 visit to Beijing

Colombo, December 5 (newsin.asia): The Maldives-China Free Trade Agreement (MCFTA) which was passed by the Maldivian parliament recently, is likely to be signed during Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen’s three-day visit to Beijing which begins on December 6, a Maldivian official said.  . A brief note issued on Monday said the trip, which takes place from December […]

Maldives- China FTA will not affect commercial and security ties with India: Maldivian envoy

Maldives- China FTA will not affect commercial and security ties with India: Maldivian envoy

Colombo, December 4 (The Hindu): Enhanced trade relations with China will not affect Maldives’s relations with its neighbors, said a visiting Maldivian Minister, the country’s Attorney General and the Ambassador in Sri Lanka here on Monday. They were defending the recently concluded  Free Trade Agreement with China which has drawn flak from the opposition parties […]

Ex-Maldivian Prez Nasheed constitutionally barred from contesting 2018 election

Ex-Maldivian Prez Nasheed constitutionally barred from contesting 2018 election

Colombo, December 4 (newsin.asia): Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, the Jumhoori Party leader Gasim Ibrahim, and Sheikh Imran, leader of the Adalaath Party, cannot contest the September 2018 Maldivian Presidential election because they do not qualify to do so under the constitution of the country, the Maldivian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, said […]

Maldivian opposition protests rushing through of FTA with China

Maldivian opposition protests rushing through of FTA with China

Colombo, November 30: The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has vehemently protested against the way the Abdulla Yameen government rushed the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement (FTA) through parliament on Wednesday, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. “The Speaker of parliament had called for an emergency sitting, to pass the FTA with China. The Agreement was […]

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