Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in India Counselor Ji Rong Refutes the False Remarks of Former Maldivian President Nasheed
2018/02/12

Recently, former Maldivian President Nasheed made a lot of false remarks in the Indian media. He pointed fingers at the practical cooperation between China and Maldives and alleged that China engaged in so called “land grabbing” of Maldivian islands, which undermines the security of the Indian Ocean region. These allegations are apparently groundless with no regard to facts.

In recent years, on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, China and the Maldives have been cooperating on infrastructure and livelihood projects, which has played a positive role in transforming and upgrading the latter’s economy and improving its people’s livelihood. They have been widely welcomed by the Maldivian people. As a matter of fact, when Nasheed was the president, China and Maldives have already launched relevant cooperation projects. The “land grabbing” allegation by Nasheed is apparently meant to serve certain political purposes of him.

China believes the current situation in Maldives is the internal affairs of Maldives and should be properly resolved through dialogue and negotiation by various parties in the country. We believe the Maldivian government and people have the wisdom and ability to properly handle the problems they face and restore order in the country according to law.

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