Maldives Wants To Shed “Excessive Indian Influence”: Chinese Media


India has had considerable influence in the Maldives, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean

Beijing: 

The Maldives asking India to take back its military helicopters and personnel deployed there reflects the country’s “increasing desire to rid itself of the excessive Indian influence”, Chinese state media has said.

A commentary in the Global Times said it was wrong on the part of Indian diplomats and security officials to think that the move by the island nation came at the behest of China, which does not interfere in any country’s internal affairs.

The paper said the move also sends a signal to the Quad bloc — consisting of India, Australia, the US and Japan — in the Indo-Pacific that plans to “contain” China. The revival of the bloc unsettles Beijing.

Last week, the Maldivian ambassador told a media outlet that his country has asked India to take back military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of a pact in June.

India has had considerable influence in the Maldives, an archipelago which sits near the world’s busiest shipping lane in the Indian Ocean.

However, their ties have come under strain under the government of Abdulla Yameen who is said to be pro-China, which unnerves India.

“New Delhi has long regarded the South Asian island nation as its backyard and sphere of influence, with a strong desire to tighten its grip on the capital city of Male and exclude other countries” influence,” the paper said.

“As an independent sovereign country, the island republic increasingly desires to rid itself of excessive Indian influence and maximize its interests by developing diplomatic ties with all major powers.”

“The request for the withdrawal of the helicopters and personnel is an embodiment of such a desire and sends an important message to all major powers in the Indo-Pacific region,” according to the article.

China, which opened its embassy in the Maldives in 2011, is involved in building big infrastructure projects in the country, which is of immense strategic significance in the Indian Ocean.

“The Maldives doesn’t want to become a certain country’s sphere of influence or take sides between major powers, nor other South Asian and Southeast Asian smaller nations. China opposes a spheres-of-influence order of the kind that dominated the Cold War,” the Global Times said.

After laying claims on the South China Sea and building infrastructure in the contested waters, China has increasingly been sending ships to the India Ocean, which has worried New Delhi.

“Any attempt to seek or sustain a sphere of influence in the Indo-Pacific region, such as India’s desire to strengthen its control over the Maldives or the US Indo-Pacific strategy, is doomed to fail, as it runs counter to the development demands of countries in the region,” the article said.





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Maldives wants India to withdraw Military Helicopters and Personnel – चीन की तरफ झुकाव के बाद मालदीव ने भारत को दिया झटका, कहा


खास बातें

  1. भारत को कहा जल्द लौटाएं हेलिकॉप्टर
  2. चीन से बढ़ी नजदीकियों की वजह से लिया फैसला
  3. चीन मालदीव में बड़ी परियोजनाओं पर काम कर रहा है

नई दिल्ली: मालदीव की सरकार ने भारत को बड़ा झटका देते हुए उसे अपने देश से सैन्य हैलिकॉप्टर और लोगों को वापस बुलाने को कहा है. सूत्रों के अनुसार मालदीव ने यह फैसला बीते कुछ समय से चीन के साथ अपनी बढ़ती नजदीकियों को ध्यान में रखते हुए लिया है. मीडिया रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक मालदीव सरकार के इस फैसले के बाद मालदीव को लेकर भारत व चीन की रस्साकस्सी में और बढ़ोतरी की उम्मीद जताई जा रही है. गौरतलब है कि भारत बीते कई दशकों से मालदीव के साथ कई क्षेत्र में साझेदार रहा है. मालदीव का भारत के साथ उसके रिश्तों को लेकर लिए गए इस फैसले के बाद यह साफ है कि वह चीन की तरफ अपना झुकाव दिन पर दिन बढ़ा रहा है.

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इसकी एक वजह से चीन द्वारा मालदीव में किए जा रहे विकास कार्य भी हैं. खबर है कि चीन मालदीव में बड़े स्तर पर सड़के, ब्रिज और बड़े एयरपोर्ट बनाने में जुटा है. ध्यान हो कि कुछ समय पहले ही भारत ने मालदीव में यामीन सरकार की तरफ से राजनीतिक विरोधियों के खिलाफ चलाए गए अभियान और आपातकाल का विरोध किया था. उस समय मालदीव के वर्तमान राष्ट्रपति अब्दुल यामीन के विरोधियों ने भारत से सैन्य हस्तक्षेप तक की मांग की थी. ऐसा माना जा रहा है कि भारत के इस हस्तक्षेप के बाद ही मालदीव में भारत विरोधी माहौल तैयार हुआ.

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टिप्पणियां


मीडिया रिपोर्ट्स के अनुसार भारत में मालदीव के दूत अहमद मोहम्मद ने बताया कि भारत ने जो दो हेलिकॉप्टर दिए हैं उनका इस्तेमाल अब नहीं किया जा रहा है. उनके अनुसार अब मालदीव इन हेलिकॉप्टर द्वारा किए जाने वाले कामों को करने के लिए खुद सक्षम है. हालांकि उनके मुताबिक भारत और मालदीव अभी भी इस आइलैंड वाले देश के एक्सक्लूसिव इकनॉमिक जोन की सामूहिक निगरानी कर रहे हैं. भारत के दक्षिण पश्चिम में 400 किलोमीटर दूर का यह देश चीन और मिडल ईस्ट के बीच दुनिया के सबसे व्यस्त जहाजी मार्ग के काफी करीब है.

VIDEO: भारत और मालदीव के रिश्तों कैसे होंगे बेहतर? 


मालदीव में भारत के हेलिकॉप्टर के अलावा 50 मिलिटरी पर्सनल भी तैनात हैं. इनमें पायलट और मेंटनेंस क्रू भी शामिल हैं जिनके वीजा की अवधि समाप्त हो गई है. इसके बावजूद भारत ने उन्हें मालदीव से वापस नहीं बुलाया है. इंडियन नेवी के प्रवक्ता ने बुधवार को बताया कि दो हेलिकॉप्टर और हमारे आदमी अभी भी वहीं हैं। उन्होंने आगे जोड़ा कि विदेश मंत्रालय इस मामले को देख रहा है. 



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Maldives seeks scaling back of Indian presence as it woos China


नई दिल्ली: मालदीव चाहता है कि भारत वहां पर तैनात अपने सैन्य हेलीकॉप्टर और जवान को वापस बुला ले. मालदीव में चीन के समर्थन वाली सरकार का कहना है कि इस बारे में समझौता जून में खत्म हो गया है. हिंद महासागर में वर्चस्व की जंग में भारत और चीन दोनों मालदीव पर अपना प्रभाव बनाए रखना चाहते हैं. बीजिंग वहां सड़क, पुल और बड़े एयरपोर्ट बना रहा है, जबकि भारत वहां दशकों से सैन्य और नागरिक सहायता उपलब्ध कराता रहा है. 
 
भारत में मालदीव के राजदूत अहमद मोहम्मद ने समाचार एजेंसी रायटर्स को बताया कि भारत द्वारा दिए गए दो हेलीकॉप्टर का उपयोग मुख्य रूप से चिकित्सा के संबंधित राहत-बचाव के लिए होता है, लेकिन चूंकि अब मालदीव ने अपने बल पर पर्याप्त संसाधन जुटा लिए हैं, इसलिए भारत के हेलीकॉप्टर की जरूरत नहीं है.

उन्होंने कहा, ‘अतीत में वो बहुत उपयोगी थे, लेकिन पर्याप्त बुनियादी ढांचे, अन्य सुविधाओं और संसाधनों के विकास के साथ ही अब हम इस स्थिति में हैं कि खुद राहत-बचाव कर सकें.’ मोहम्मद ने कहा कि हालांकि भारत और मालदीव अभी भी प्रत्येक महीने मालदीव के विशेष आर्थिक जोन में संयुक्त गश्त कर रहे हैं. मालदीव भारत से 400 किलोमीटर दूर है और भारत तथा मध्य पूर्व के बीच ये सबसे बड़ा बंदरगाह है.

सैनिकों से दिक्कत 
हेलीकॉप्टर के साथ ही भारत ने वहां अपने 50 सैन्य जवानों को भी तैनात कर रखा है. इसमें पायलट और नौसेना के जवान शामिल हैं. उनके वीजा खत्म हो चुके हैं, लेकिन नई दिल्ली ने उन्हें अभी तक वापस नहीं बुलाया है. भारतीय नौसेना के प्रवक्ता ने इस बारे में बुधवार को कहा था, ‘हम अभी भी वहीं हैं, हमारे दो हेलीकॉप्टर और जवान.’ साथ ही उन्होंने कहा कि विदेश मंत्रालय स्थिति को संभाल रहा है. हालांकि विदेश मंत्रालय ने इस बारे में रायटर के सवालों पर कोई टिप्पणी नहीं की. 

ऑब्जर्वर्स रिसर्च फाउंडेशन के अभिजीत सिंह ने कहा कि भारतीय हेलीकॉप्टर उस जगह के नजदीक हैं, जहां चीन की मौजूदगी है. उन्होंने कहा, ‘अब मुद्दा ये है कि यामीन चाहते हैं कि हेलीकॉप्टर चले जाएं, लेकिन उससे ज्यादा वो चाहते हैं कि जवान चले जाएं. उन्हें हेलीकॉप्टर से उतनी दिक्कत नहीं है, उन्हें दिक्कत ये है कि वहां जवान हैं.’





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Big New Snub For India From Maldives As It Favours China


Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, is considered a backyard of India. (File)

NEW DELHI: 

The Maldives wants India to withdraw military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of an agreement in June, its envoy said, the latest snub to Delhi by President Abdulla Yameen’s China-backed government.

India and China are going head to head in the Maldives, the Indian Ocean island chain where Beijing is building roads, bridges and a bigger airport, upstaging India which has been the country’s prime provider of military and civilian aid for decades.

India has opposed Yameen’s crackdown on political rivals and the imposition of an emergency this year and some of the president’s rivals have called on Delhi for military intervention, creating worries in the Maldivian government.

The tensions are impacting aid programmes such as security assistance that Delhi has given to smaller countries in the region to help them protect exclusive economic zones, carry out surveys and combat piracy.

The Maldives’ ambassador in India, Ahmed Mohamed, told Reuters that two military helicopters provided by India were mainly used for medical evacuations but were no longer required as the islands had built up enough resources of its own.

“They were very useful in the past but with the development of adequate infrastructure, facilities and resources we are now in a position to handle medical evacuations on our own,” he said.

However, India and the Maldives are still conducting joint patrols in the islands’ exclusive economic zone every month, Mohamed said. The Maldives, 400 km (250 miles) to the southwest of India, is close to the world’s busiest shipping lanes, between China and the Middle East.

Along with the helicopters, India had stationed around 50 military personnel, including pilots and maintenance crew, and their visas had expired. But Delhi has not yet withdrawn them from the island chain.

“We are still there, our two helicopters and the men,” an Indian navy spokesman said on Wednesday, adding the foreign ministry was handling the situation. The foreign ministry did not respond to a Reuters’ request for comment.

India has been demanding that Yameen free political rivals including former President Abdul Gayoom and Supreme Court justices. It also criticised Yameen’s decision to hold elections in September saying the rule of law should be restored before embarking on such an exercise.

India was a close supporter of Gayoom during his long years of stewardship of the island chain and sent troops to foil an attempted coup against him in 1988.

China, which opened an embassy in the Maldives in 2011, has rapidly built ties with the tropical island chain as part of its Belt and Road Initiative. It says it is opposed to any country interfering in the internal affairs of the Maldives.

Providing helicopters and patrol boats and satellite assistance to countries such as the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles has been part of India’s naval diplomacy to retain influence in the Indian Ocean.

But in recent years China has moved in, building ports and roads backed by loans. In the Maldives, Beijing Urban Construction Group Company Limited took over a project to expand the airport servicing the capital Male, after the government cancelled a $511 million deal with India’s GMR Infrastructure.

Maldives has also given the Chinese a few islands to develop, officials said. Abhijit Singh, a former Indian naval officer who specialises on Indian Ocean politics at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation, said the Indian helicopters were deployed near the islands where the Chinese were present.

“Now the issue is Yameen wants the helicopters out, but more importantly he wants the personnel out. It is not the helicopters that trouble him so much, it is actually the fact that there are these people there.”

“Yameen has invited China to do a lot of infrastructure building and he suspects that India is trying to keep a watch on what the Chinese are doing and so wants to keep the Indians out,” said Singh.

Ambassador Ahmed declined comment on that view.

© Thomson Reuters 2018





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What Divyanka Tripathi And Vivek Dahiyas Romantic Anniversary Dinner In Maldives Looked Like!


Highlights

  • TV celeb couple Divyanka and Vivek are vacationing in Maldives
  • The lovely couple celebrated their 2nd Anniversary on Sunday
  • Vivek Dahiya often shares healthy food and recipes on his Instagram page

TV stars Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya are in Maldives right now to mark their second anniversary and the couple has been making their fans go gaga with a constant stream of adorable and romantic pictures from the idyllic island nation. Tripathi and Dahiya are both very active on social media and their Instagram timelines stand testimony to the amazing time the couple is having on their vacation. Whether it’s a romantic dinner by the beach, or cashing in on the wonderful weather and clear blue waters of Maldives, the couple seems to be enjoying it all. The couple even posted videos of them cycling along the tranquil waters of one of the beaches, making us longing for a vacation too.

Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya celebrated their second anniversary with a romantic dinner by the beach and Dahiya posted a series of snapshots from the extremely romantic date on his Instagram stories. The couple indulged in what looked like continental food and a whole lot of desserts! After all, what’s love without a little bit (read a lot!) of sugar?

Have a look:

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Doesn’t everything look heavenly? Don’t miss the delectable-looking white chocolate cake, with an anniversary wish scrawled on it. It looks like the super fit Vivek Dahiya is taking a break from his healthy diet, just for the time that he’s on the vacation. A little of Insta-stalking told us that the actor only eats healthy food, for his daily meals.

Also Read: Sasural Simar Ka Actors Dipika Kakar And Shoaib Ibrahim Make One Adorable Foodie Couple!

Here’s a peak into what Vivek Dahiya’s healthy breakfast meal looks like:

“A mixed veg omelette with fresh homemade avocado paste on gluten-free multi-grain bread along with a delicious mango smoothie,” wrote Vivek Dahiya on this Instagram post. Dahiya even encouraged his followers to “try it and thank me later!” Dahiya even turns chef sometimes and shares recipes of healthy smoothies and drinks. Case in point:

While it may not look very appetising, the recipe is certainly very healthy and promises to deliver a punch of nutrition. Offering the recipe of the drink to his followers on Instagram, Dahiya added, “This is a meal in itself!” In case you were wondering what went into the drink, it’s got blueberries, spinach, spirulina, banana, almond milk and honey. We guess Vivek Dahiya and Divyanka Tripathi deserve a little dessert-bingeing on their vacation, given that the couple may not be getting an opportunity to do so, all thanks to their strict diet. We wish the lovely, happy couple a Happy Second Anniversary!





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Divyanka Tripathi And Vivek Dahiya Fill Up Anniversary-Special Album With Maldives Vacation Pics


New Delhi: 

TV stars Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya have jetted off to Maldives to celebrate their second wedding anniversary (July 8). Divyanka checked into the resort by posting a Boomerang video with Vivek and wrote, “Two years ago, at this hour dancing at our sangeet gave us a high. Today, it’s the tranquil.” Vivek also posted a lovely wish for his wife with a caption that reads as, “I watch chick flicks with her, she watches football with me.” Before landing in Maldives, the couple made a stop-over at Colombo (Sri Lanka) and from there too, they delighted us with some pictures.

Through the pages of Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya’s anniversary-special album.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Happy wedding anniversary, Divyanka and Vivek).

Divyanka and Vivek, both 33, fell in love on the sets of their show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, headlined by the actress and Karan Patel. They had got engaged in January 2016. Their wedding was held in Bhopal, Divyanka’s hometown. The wedding ceremony was followed by a grand reception in Chandigarh, Vivek’s hometown.

Here’s a recap of their wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divyanka Tripathi is one of top-rated TV stars. She debuted with Banoo Main Teri Dulhann and followed it up with shows like Ssshhhh…Phir Koi Hai and Mrs & Mr Sharma Allahabadwale. Vivek Dahiya’s first show was Yeh Hai Aashiqui and he later appeared in Ek Veer Ki Ardaas…Veera, before Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. He played the lead in Kavach…Kaali Shaktiyon Se and Qayamat Ki Raat is his new show. Together, Divyanka and Vivek won Nach Baliye 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Maldives Snubs India Again, Inks Power Sector Deal With Pakistan


Maldives and Pakistan have signed a new power sector deal. (Representational Image)

Pakistan and the Maldives have signed a Memorandum of Understanding or MoU to support the island nation’s infrastructure development in the power sector. The move is seen as another snub to India after it recently scrapped a helicopter deal with New Delhi.

“A four-member delegation of Maldives State Electric Company (STELCO), headed by its chairman Ahmed Aiman, was on a six-day state visit to Pakistan to learn from the experience of the country’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and benefit from its technical and human capabilities,” according to the local media reports.

The delegation met Muzammil Hussain, the chairman of Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority, at Wapda House in Lahore in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Mr Ahmed noted that Maldives State Electric Company which is the largest power producing company of Maldives is keen to learn from WAPDA.

The agreement will facilitate the participation of Maldives State Electric Company staff in training activities of WAPDA, implementation of staff exchange programmes, participation in experience sharing and institution-building activities, exposure visits and facilitation of leadership development programmes, as per reports.





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मालदीव की भारत से बेरुखी जारी, पाकिस्तान के साथ किया बिजली समझौता । Maldives jabs India again, signs power deal with Pakistan


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Maldives Opposition Picks Veteran Ibrahim Solih For Presidential Race


“I will choose the way of negotiation and discussion,” says Ibrahim Solih after winning candidature

Male, Maldives: 

Maldives opposition Democratic Party on Saturday nominated veteran lawmaker Ibrahim “Ibu” Mohamed Solih as its presidential candidate a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed withdrew as the party’s candidate for the September elections.

Solih will contest the poll against President Abdulla Yameen, who is bidding for a second five-year term amid continued instability in the Indian Ocean island chain.

After months of bickering, the Democratic Party (MDP) and the smaller opposition parties agreed to field common candidates, with the presidential candidate to have a running mate from Jumhooree Party.

Nasheed, Maldives first democratically-elected leader who lives in exile in Sri Lanka, on Friday said he had decided to relinquish his presidential ticket as the national election commission ruled him illegible to run.

Solih, first elected to parliament in 1994, is known for his calm composure.

“I will choose the way of negotiation and discussion,” Solih told the party congress after winning the candidature.

“We will open the MDP manifesto to allow the joint opposition to make additions, but we will not allow MDP’s values to be trampled. Together, we can do this.”

The Maldives, home to 400,000 people and best known as a tropical paradise for tourists, has experienced political unrest since Nasheed was forced to quit amid a mutiny by police in 2012.

Nasheed, convicted of terrorism charges in 2015 and sentenced to 13 years in prison after a controversial and widely criticised trial, was the sole candidate when the MDP held a primary election in May.

President Yameen’s administration has rejected a demand by a U.N. human rights watchdog to let Nasheed stand for the presidential election.

The opposition has accused the government of locking up most of the leaders who could effectively challenge Yameen’s bid for re-election, a charge the government denies.

The island chain has faced upheavals since February, when Yameen imposed a state of emergency to annul a Supreme Court ruling that quashed the convictions of nine opposition leaders, including Nasheed.

During the 45-day emergency, Yameen’s administration arrested former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the chief justice, another Supreme Court judge and a Supreme Court administrator on charges of trying to overthrow the government.

In 2016, Nasheed was allowed to go on medical leave to Britain, where he received political asylum. Since last year, he has been in Sri Lanka, working to unite opposition parties to defeat Yameen.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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India Dismisses Reports On Reduction In Export Of Essential Goods To Maldives


Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, is considered a backyard of India. (File)

New Delhi:  India has dubbed as “misleading” the media reports that it had reduced exports of essential goods to Maldives, saying requirements were calculated based on actual utilisation in the recent past and were consistent with the trade agreement between the two sides.

According to reports in a section of the media, India has lowered the limits on the export of certain essential commodities such as potatoes and onions to Maldives.

Reacting to the media reports, that come amid a strain in bilateral ties, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar today reiterated that India remains firmly committed to strong “people to people ties” between the two countries and will ensure that the people of Maldives do not have to endure any hardships.

“The reports are misleading. As highlighted in the recent notification by the Director General of Foreign Trade, the requirements are calculated based on actual utilisation in recent past and is consistent with the mechanism of the trade agreement signed between India and Maldives in 1981,” Mr Kumar said.

India’s ties with Maldives nose-dived after it criticised the Abdulla Yameen government for imposing a 45-day emergency in the archipelago nation earlier this year.

During the crisis, India had ignored calls for military intervention from the opposition parties in the island nation.

The influence of China on Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, considered a backyard of India, has been growing and it is seen as a concern in New Delhi.

Maldives neither participated in the multi-national ‘MILAN’ naval conclave, a congregation of littoral navies conducted biennially by the Indian Navy at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which was held in mid-March this year, nor did its defence minister lead his country’s delegation to take part in DefExpo2018.





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