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News Analysis: Maldives president lauds China's foreign policy

(Xinhua)

11:33, September 01, 2012

MALE, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- President of the Maldives Mohamed Waheed, who is scheduled to attend the China-Eurasia Expo in Urumqi in West China early this month, has lauded China for its policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

In an interview with Xinhua, Waheed said that China, unlike other influential countries, looks at international affairs of small countries like Maldives from a unique perspective. "China is emerging as one of the superpowers now. In that sense, it will inevitably play a significant role in world affairs," Waheed said.

The president of Indian Ocean archipelago also thanked China for the influx of Chinese tourists to his country.

"We have a big number of Chinese tourists who are coming to Maldives. China is the biggest tourist market for Maldives. We are really happy that Chinese tourists choose to visit Maldives," Waheed said.

By the end of June 2012, a total of 91,148 Chinese tourists have already visited Maldives, which is a 13.1 percent growth. A total of 17,809 arrivals from China were recorded for the month of June alone, representing 30 percent of the total market share and a 15.6 percent growth compared to June 2011.

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