On November 20 and 21, 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an official visit to Manila and met with his counterpart Rodrigo Duterte. Philippines are now officially part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
On December 7, 2017, China and Maldives signed a free trade agreement. During his state visit in China, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom promised to promote the Belt and Road initiative. The Maldives have already expressed their willingness to