The government of China has once again delivered generous donations to the country during a period where the community spread of COVID-19 is growing fast, not just in Malé, but in various parts of the nation.
Regarding the help received from China, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shaheed stated, "Maldives is immensely privileged to have the support and generosity of friends, such as the Government and the people of China. President Xi, and State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi understand the needs of the Maldives in overcoming both the humanitarian and the economic challenges of COVID-19. I wish to thank them profoundly for their support to the Maldives in this difficult time.
"I also wish to thank Ambassador Zhang Lizhong, for the support and friendship with the people of the Maldives. I am grateful to the Ambassador and his staff at the Embassy for working extremely hard to charter the flight for transporting the equipment and materials to the Maldives today. I am humbled by the simple gestures of friendship offered by the Chinese community living here in the Maldives during this challenging time."
The donations were received from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Chinese Companies and well-wishers, which include Alibaba Foundation/ Jack Ma Foundation, China Merchants Port Group Co.Ltd, China Machinery Engineering Corporation, Beijing Urban Construction Investment & Development Co. Ltd, Dongfang Electric International Corporation, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd, China Communications 2nd Navigational Bureau 2nd Engineering Co. Ltd and Huawei Technologies Co.Ltd.
The donated supplies and equipment included disposable protective masks, N95 protective masks, KN95 protective masks, infrared thermometers, goggles, medical protective suits, care beds, testing kits, 10 ventilators, sampling sticks, and detection reagent extractant.
The Minister also stated that the Chinese companies in the Maldives showed significant support to the Governments efforts in responding to COVID-19. The China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), for example, donated 5000 pieces of childrens masks last month and worked with the Chinese Embassy in arranging the charter flight, which delivered the medical supplies.
The Government and the people of China have always extended solidarity and extraordinary support to the Maldives in overcoming unprecedented challenges. Minister Shaheed expressed gratitude towards the government of China for the irreplaceable support given this time as well.