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The China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, the first cross-sea bridge in the Maldives and built by a Chinese company, marks the beginning of a new chapter for Maldivians. The 2 kilometres bridge, inaugurated on August 30, 2018, links the Maldivian capital of Male with neighboring island Hulhule, where the nation's only international airport is located. The bridge an iconic China-Maldives co-building project for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, makes it possible for locals and tourists to travel between the two islands within five minutes. For years, Maldivians have relied on ferries as their means of transport between the atolls in the Indian Ocean. The Chinese-built bridge has not only brought convenience to the lives of Maldivians, but has also offered new business opportunities and new jobs to many residents living in Hulhumale, a reclaimed island developed for a housing complex, northeast to Hulhule and Male.

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