China Rubbishes 'Land-Grab' Allegations as Maldives Ex-President Seeks India Aid

China Rubbishes 'Land-Grab' Allegations as Maldives Ex-President Seeks India Aid

The high-profile prisoners also include self-exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed and former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

In a recent interview, Nasheed had said that one of his priorities on returning to power would be to spearhead an global convention against "land grab" by foreign countries in the guise of investment.

"The (Maldives) Government views such actions to be irresponsible and meant to cause the citizens of both nations, as well as other stakeholders, to cast doubt about upon the excellent relationship India and Maldives have enjoyed for decades", said the statement. "Without UN empowerment, there would be no righteous cause for any armed force to intervene".

It added that there was "no threat to Maldives from being invaded by foreign military".

The Maldives government has issued a statement concerning India's military intervention in the ongoing crisis.

For Breaking News from Oneindia.Get instant news updates throughout the day. "If India one-sidedly sends troops to the Maldives, China will take action to stop New Delhi", the daily stated in an op-ed. Experts say the Maldivian crisis could well become a new power struggle between India and China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang quoted Foreign Minister Wang Yi following his meeting with Mohamed Saeed, Yameen's special envoy on Thursday that "China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives".

Ji also reiterated China's stand that the current situation in Maldives is its "internal affair" and "should be properly resolved through dialogue and negotiation by various parties in the country" as the Maldivian government and people have the "wisdom and ability to properly handle the problems they face and restore order".

While India's relationship with Yameen may have run its course, New Delhi is wary of instability taking root in a country of 400,000 people-mostly Sunni Muslims-where the radical Islamic State (IS) has been making inroads. "What's happening in the Maldives is a threat to India's national security". China has reportedly been involved in the construction of the Male airport as well as a project to build a key bridge connecting key Maldivian islands besides a housing project that envisages 7,000 residential units. Highest numbers of people (on per capita basis) from Maldives have joined the ISIS.

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