China: Will take measures to stop India if they move to intervene militarily in Maldives
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (L) with the Chinese President Xi Jinping - Photo: Reuters

China: Will take measures to stop India if they move to intervene militarily in Maldives

    February 13, 2018 - 1 weeks 3 days ago
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China has said that they would take the necessary measures to stop India if they move towards a military intervention in the Maldives.

Global Times, a Chinese news outlet run by the ruling Communist Party, reported that some Indians are "pondering a military intervention" to the situation in the Maldives.

It said that it does not accord with basic norms governing international relations, which includes respecting independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries, along with 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.

According to the Global Times, India has spread it's influence in the Maldives since their intervention failed the military riot by a a group of anti-government Maldivians assisted by armed mercenaries from Sri Lanka in November 1988. But after President Abdulla Yameen assumed office in 2013, the nation has proactively interacted with the US, China, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, gradually heading toward more independent and balanced diplomacy which, India is not happy about.

"Without UN empowerment, there would be no righteous cause for any armed force to intervene. China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives, but that does not mean that Beijing will sit idly by as New Delhi breaks the principle. If India one-sidedly sends troops to the Maldives, China will take action to stop New Delhi. India should not underestimate China's opposition to unilateral military intervention." China's Global Times report said.


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