China–Seychelles relations

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Seychelles-People's Republic of China relations

Seychelles

China

Political ties[edit]

Diplomatic relations between China and Seychelles were established on June 30, 1976.[1] China began providing Seychelles with diplomatic aide in 1977, including things such as constructing a poly-technical school and developing housing project in Les Mamelles. In 2002, China exported USD 1.48 million worth of goods, while importing only $100,000 from Seychelles. The current Chinese ambassador to Seychelles is Wang Weiguo,[2] who heads the embassy in Saint Louis, on the island of Mahe. The current ambassador to China from Seychelles is Philippe Le Gall.[3]

In 2011 the Seychelles government offered to China the possibility of establishing a port in Seychelles to supply ships fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia.[4]

Economic ties[edit]

Chinese development finance to Seychelles[edit]

From 2000 to 2011, there are approximately 16 Chinese official development finance projects identified in Seychelles through various media reports.[5] These projects range from a concessional loan of 300 million RMB in 2007,[6] to a 321 million debt rescheduling in 2011,[7] and a development aid grant worth $8 million USD in 2011.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seychelles". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. 2003-10-12. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Chinese Embassy in Seychelles". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of CHina. 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Seychelles Ambassador to China: Mr. Philippe Le Gaul -- china.org.cn". China Internet Information Center. 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  4. ^ "China considers Seychelles military base plan". The Telegraph. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  5. ^ Austin Strange, Bradley C. Parks, Michael J. Tierney, Andreas Fuchs, Axel Dreher, and Vijaya Ramachandran. 2013. China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection. CGD Working Paper 323. Washington DC: Center for Global Development.http://china.aiddata.org
  6. ^ Strange, Parks, Tierney, Fuchs, Dreher, and Ramachandran, China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection.http://aiddatachina.org/projects/2073
  7. ^ Strange, Parks, Tierney, Fuchs, Dreher, and Ramachandran, China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection.http://aiddatachina.org/projects/21978
  8. ^ Strange, Parks, Tierney, Fuchs, Dreher, and Ramachandran, China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection.http://aiddatachina.org/projects/2081