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China sends second consignment of glacial water from Tibet to Maldives

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Tibetans are seen close to the Kharola glacier.  China’s Xizang Autonomous Region has gifted 1,500 tonnes of mineral water to the Maldives authorities on May 23. 
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China has gifted 1,500 tonnes of water from the Tibetan glaciers to Maldives, the second such donation in lower than two months, a media report stated on May 24.

This is the newest within the a number of grants and help that China has promised the Maldives, particularly since pro-China Mohamed Muizzu took over because the President in November 2023.

China’s Xizang Autonomous Region has gifted 1,500 tonnes of mineral water to the Maldives authorities on May 23. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the donated water can be distributed to island communities, to be used throughout occasions of consuming scarcity, information portal Sun.mv reported.

Earlier on March 27, the Maldives authorities had introduced that it had acquired an analogous consignment of 1,500 tonnes of water from China.

Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer, whereas talking at a ceremony the place Wang Lixin, the Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives, handed over the donation, stated that China continues to stay a “good friend to the Maldives,” particularly in the course of the difficult occasions and disaster.

The minister additionally expressed his gratitude to the folks of Xinjiang Autonomous Region for the sort gesture and to the federal government and folks of China for his or her continued help and goodwill.

“Grateful to receive 1,500 tonnes of mineral water from the people of Xizang Autonomous Region, PRC. This generous donation will greatly support our island communities during water shortages. Thank you for your support and friendship,” Mr. Zameer stated on his official X deal with late on Friday and tagged Wang whereas posting photographs from the ceremony.

The Maldives has 26 atolls and its 1,192 islands are principally composed of coral reefs and sandbars, a mix that makes groundwater and freshwater extraordinarily scarce, and the issues are exacerbated as a result of local weather change.

The nation has tried between 2011 and 2015, a UN-funded ‘Increasing Climate Resilience through an Integrated Water Resources Management Programme’ however with restricted success.

In December 2014, India carried out ‘Operation Neer’ throughout one in every of its worst water crises following a large fireplace within the Male Water and Sewerage Company advanced on December 4, 2014.

While asserting the sooner consignment in March, the federal government had stated that the choice to offer Maldives with consuming water was reached in the course of the official go to in November 2023 of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region’s Chairman, Yan Jinhai to the Maldives, when he met President Muizzu.

At that point, it was deliberated to donate water that’s produced out of frozen water procured from glacial areas that are extremely clear, clear, and wealthy in minerals. Moreover, Tibet (Xizang in Chinese) Autonomous Region is understood to provide high-cost premium manufacturers of water, the Maldives Foreign Ministry stated then.

Previously, China had been completely recognized for its help within the city and financial growth of the Maldives. But since Muizzu assumed workplace, China has been serving to the nation with the availability of defence gear too.

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