China’s Xi touts ‘maritime silk road’

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MALE, Maldives: China’s President Xi Jinping said he hoped the Maldives would help build a “21st century maritime silk road” as he began a South Asian tour in the strategically located Indian Ocean island chain on Monday. Xi said he was eager to boost relations with the Maldives, which is best known for its tourist industry but also straddles major international shipping routes.

AFP

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