Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged the international community to address the developmental and security concerns of small island nations like Maldives, the state media reported on Wednesday.
Hu made the call during a meeting here on Wednesday with his Maldivian counterpart, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
Hu, also General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China, urged the world to pay attention to the economic development and anti-disaster capabilities of small island countries.
"The international community should take the interests and security of the medium- and small-sized island nations into full consideration, and take concrete actions to boost their economic development, improve their capability to deal with natural disasters," he said.
During their talks, the two sides reached comprehensive understandings on how to consolidate the China-Maldives traditional friendship and cooperation, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Hu said China-Maldives relationship has "set a good example" to state-to-state relationship between big and small nations in terms of equality, sincere cooperation and harmonious coexistence.
China and the Maldives forged diplomatic relations 34 years ago and the two sides have established frequent high-level exchanges.
Hu thanked the Maldivian government's adherence to the 'one-China' policy concerning Taiwan. China views Taiwan as a rebel island province that must be reunified with the mainland, even by force.