China ‘will stop India’ if she butts in Maldives
Even as India has asked all countries to help return normalcy in the Maldives, China’s state-owned media has warned that Beijing will retaliate if New Delhi sends troops to restore order in the island nation. The simmering political tension in the country had evolved into a test case for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy.
While a section of the establishment strongly advocates military action to restore democracy and human rights, others recommend treading cautiously.
The Government of Maldives in a statement condemned demands from some quarters calling for Indian military intervention. The statement issued by President’s Office described such attempts as threat to nation’s independence and national security and to damage excellent relations between Maldives and India. It hoped that India would not act on such calls.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Chinese embassy in India on Tuesday refuted the Maldivian opposition leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed’s claim that Beijing has been grabbing land and occupying islands in the nation.
In a recent interview, Nasheed had said that one of his priorities on returning to power would be to spearhead an international convention against ‘land grab’ by foreign countries in the guise of investment.
Nasheed, who is on self-exile in Colombo after …read more