Alwaght- China has warned it will “take action” if India sends troops to the crisis-hit Maldives.
"India should exercise restraint,” an editorial in the state-run Global Times reads. “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,” the op-ed continues.
This comes after a Supreme Court in the Maldives overturned the conviction of an opposition politician and exiled former President Mohammed Nasheed , prompting a political crisis. The apex court ordered that 12 parliamentarians who had been stripped of their seats be reinstated. President Abdulla Yameen rejected the court’s ruling, imposed a state of emergency, and arrested two of the Supreme Court justices.
Nasheed has appealed to India to send troops to the Maldives to end the crisis.
"On behalf of the Maldivian people we humbly request...India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges and political detainees...we request a physical presence,” he tweeted last week.
New Delhi has not responded to Nasheed's request, and has not formally met with Yameen's envoy. However, India's Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement aimed at China on Friday.
"We note that China has said that Maldives government has the ability to protect the security of Chinese personnel and institutions in Maldives. We hope that all countries can play a constructive role in Maldives, instead of doing the opposite,” the statement said.
Last Thursday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Beijing has never attached any political conditions to aiding the Maldives, and the aid has done no harm to the country's sovereignty and independence, let alone jeopardizing the Indian Ocean area's security.
He said that friendly cooperation between China and Maldives was in line with the common interest of the two countries and their peoples.