‘I am concerned over Chinese ambitions in the Maldives and wider Indian Ocean,’ former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed tells Rediff.com contributor Rajeev Sharma in an exclusive interview.
The Maldives, which is in India’s backyard and a SAARC member, is in the grip of massive political volatility.
On Monday, the Maldivian parliament, the Majlis, witnessed unprecedented scenes with the military dragging out Opposition members, thus allowing President Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s government to rig the no-confidence vote.
The United States, the United Kingdom and Canada criticised the rigged voting while the European Union ticked off the Yameen government that parliamentary procedures need to be respected.
India, as usual, kept mum on the ongoing political crisis in the Maldives,
It should be a matter of concern for India that the Maldives, a highly strategic archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is witnessing the rapidly increasing influence of China and Saudi Arabia.
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