The 32-year-old man was arrested with hashish worth more than US$1 million.
President Solih dismissed the opposition's criticism over debt and sovereignty.
A bilateral agreement on visa leniency will be signed during the state visit.
China has financed Maldives projects with loans in excess of a billion dollars.
Sheikh Shameem was barred due to national security reasons.
India and China could work together in the Maldives, said the Global Times.
Almost 6,000 Maldivians are registered to vote at embassies abroad.
The former president also said he was talking to the military's top brass.
Foreign media face deportation if they are found working on a tourist visa.
Mohamed Shainee is a confidant of President Abdulla Yameen.
Maldives-India relations have nosedived under the current government.
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The Indian ruling party lawmaker provoked outrage with his 'Maldives invasion' tweet.
The government has watered down the Maldives' traditional ‘India-first’ foreign policy.
The death toll from floods in Kerala state rose to 79 by Thursday afternoon, the Times of India reported.
Ties between India and the Maldives are under pressure because of China’s growing footprint.
Better local facilities meant the Indian helicopters were redundant, a Maldives ambassador said.