Over three decades ago, on 14 October 1972, the very first steps for promoting inter-governmental cooperation between the Maldives and China were taken. Since then both Governments and its peoples have played important and active roles in strengthening the ties of friendship between the two countries.
Regular consultations on economic development, cultural exchanges, promotion of tourism and discussions on various issues of common interest during high level visits have all contributed to nurture the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Until 2007, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, in Colombo, accredited to the Maldives acted as the major player in fostering these relations. However, in order to further strengthen the existing friendly relations between the two countries, the Government of Maldives opened its first Embassy in Beijing on 20 August 2007. The brief period of its existence has witnessed the Embassy playing an active role and contributing significantly in areas of mutual interest for both countries.
China, despite being a developing country itself, has always been a generous partner in extending support and cooperation to the Maldives in diverse fields. Maldives remain grateful to China for its continued assistance. Maldives and China share similar views on a number of regional and international issues, including that of Taiwan. As such, Maldives supports a one-China policy.