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Beijing will take measures to stop India if it moves to intervene militarily: Chinese state media on Maldives crisis

The Chinese state media said, "The Maldives is trapped in turmoil. This is the country's internal affairs and China firmly opposes outside interference. More than that, China should take necessary measures to stop India if New Delhi moves to intervene militarily."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2018 9:57 am
Maldives crisis: Prominent TV station forced to shut down amid threats Maldivian opposition protestors shout slogans demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male, Maldives, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Supporters of political parties that oppose the Maldives government have clashed with police on the streets of the capital after the country’s supreme court ordered the release of imprisoned politicians. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)

In yet another editorial aimed at New Delhi, China’s state-run Global Times warned that Beijing will take ‘necessary measures to stop India if it intervenes militarily in The Maldives’. In the editorial titled ‘Unauthorized military intervention in Malé must be stopped’, the state-run media said, “Facing the tense situation in Malé, India should exercise restraint. The Maldives is trapped in turmoil. This is the country’s internal affairs and China firmly opposes outside interference. More than that, China should take necessary measures to stop India if New Delhi moves to intervene militarily.” The state-run Global Times is run by the Communist Party of China and is considered to often reflect Beijing’s views.

The second op-ed comes a few days after The Global Times had on February 7 published another op-ed titled ‘India must stop intervening in Malé’ telling New Delhi to not intervene in Male’s affairs.  Also Read: India must stop intervening in Male, Maldives under huge pressure from New Delhi: Chinese state media

The latest editorial accused India of ‘publicly and immodestly’ discussing whether to interfere in Male’s domestic affairs and advised against any ‘unilateral military interference’. “China is not fighting the concept of India’s sphere of influence. Some Indians are pondering a military intervention. However, it does not accord with basic norms governing international relations, which includes respecting other countries’ sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and the principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of other states. If the situation in the Maldives deteriorates, solutions should be made using international mechanisms. Unilateral military interference has already jeopardized the current global order,” the editorial stated. Also Read: Modi, Trump discuss Maldives; China says in touch with India, don’t want new flashpoint

Citing the November 1988 military coup in Male, which New Delhi responded to by sending troops to the island country on the request of the then Maldivian president Abdul Gayoom, the editorial said, “The Maldives’ dependence on India for security since then has made New Delhi grow arrogant and bring Malé into its sphere of influence. But Malé is tired of New Delhi, which at all times tries to dominate Maldives’ politics.” Also Read: Indian journalist and another scribe ordered to leave Maldives

Male, which has seen several political crises since the ouster of its first democratically-elected president Mohamed Nasheed in 2012, plunged into fresh chaos when the Supreme Court ordered the release of nine imprisoned Opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were “politically motivated and flawed”.

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    travi95
    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    LOL! 73 days threats at Doklam meant nothing and now China wants to lose its face again! China is barking up the wrong tree!
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      travi95
      Feb 13, 2018 at 7:17 pm
      LOL! 73 days threats at Doklam meant nothing and now China wants to lose its face again! China is barking up the wrong tree!
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      1. Fathin Mo
        Feb 13, 2018 at 6:27 pm
        First Thing is India really pushed Maldives away. Its like a relationship where you don't pay attention to one partner, they don't have a choice but find a new one. Modi was never interested with Yamins government. Modi even cancelled his trips to Maldives. Modis best friend is the ex president who is a known case of Bipolar disease plus a drug addict. He has his moments. Nasheed is having flashes of ideas because he wants to become president. His mind is racing and he is making it race with foolish Modi. All the neighbouring countries are not in good terms with India. India has to think why?? all are wrong and only India is right? One thing is there we don't want any interference of India for things which happens in our home. Ok the psycho boy in our home is running wild saying kill them kill them. It doesn't mean other neighbours believe him and do what he says to do.
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          Mazo
          Feb 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm
          Who is Yameen ? He is NOTHING - NOBODY. PM Modi doesn't know who he is or cares for what he wants. International diplomacy is not about PM Modi "caring" - it is about India and Maldives - not about Modi or Yameen or Nasheed . PM Modi or any other PM of India would not be happy with the cur Maldivian Govt for their bellige behavior against India. Yameen or Bameen or Mr XYZ it does not matter. Nasheed is nothing , Yameen is nothing - India is thinking about India's relationship with Maldives as a whole - not about these clowns. So far India has been generous and tolerant of this kind of at ude from the cur Maldivian Govt - however, the cost of tolerance is not unlimited. The cur crisis is making reevaluate that cost - and there is NOTHING Yameen or Nasheed can say to influence India's actions. If you are foolish enough to believe that PM Modi cares about Yameen or Nasheed you people are even more foolish than you appear.
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        2. harsh kumarf
          Feb 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm
          give me one reason why is our foreign ministry not reacting aggressively towards chinese ,,,, i mean from the start of doklam crisis till this point i have heard nothing but such insolent and war like rhetoric from china ,,, and what does indian govt do ?? each time it shuts up ,,, not even a single word ,,,, show your 56 inch chest against china ,,, china has been carrying out such blatant attacks on india and there has been no reply from present govt ,,, china talks about maldives and every other nation that is neighbouring india but why is it that india is not talking abut south china sea and chinese neighbours ,,,, dont let them act as bullies otherwise they will one day take arunachal as their own state ,,,
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            Mazo
            Feb 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm
            Remember - this is not the Chinese Govt - but some Gossip magazine run by Chinese Govt stooges. External Affairs Ministry does not respond to this kind of nonsense. The Chinese always BARK about "retaliation" and "challenging" against this or that - but their bark is meaningless and does not guide our diplomacy. If India does militarily intervene in Maldives the Chinese can do NOTHING. We can put over 5 lakh soldiers in Maldives in under 1 week. Can the Chinese ? No. Plus, Chinese intervening militarily is very limited - maybe they will send one or two or 5 warships and a few submarines. That will be nothing. However, the real issue isn't Chinese barking - it is about India getting into a Sri Lanka kind of situation once again. It won't help India if we fail to do anything but mess things up even more than they already are. Islamic radicalism is a reality in Maldives and Nasheed is no saint. So there needs to be a carefully crafted end goal.
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            vijay
            Feb 13, 2018 at 2:33 pm
            China becomes saint , why this foul souls entered srilanka's internal affairs of fighting with tamils , there they sided with sinahalese by sending their equipments, killed tamils, the indigenous state fighters(that time even INDIA joined this bandwagon).
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