China Opposes Indian Military Intervention In Maldives

China Opposes Indian Military Intervention In Maldives

China Opposes Indian Military Intervention In Maldives

"We have managed to ensure the failure of the coup attempt by some people", Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said on state television.

British-educated Mr Nasheed is hoping that India, which considers the Maldives to be a part of its wider strategic arc, will intervene militarily and restore order to the troubled island of some 400,000 people that is best known as a luxury tourist destination.

The spokesperson, however, did not weigh in on former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed seeking military intervention from India.

The supreme court had ordered the release from jail of former president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed and eight other political prisoners, but on Tuesday it rescinded the order.

Security forces stormed into the court premises and arrested two judges, including the chief justice.

It also said that life in the Maldives continues as normal with all places of work, businesses, schools, government and social services, travel, including all domestic and global airports, and leisure facilities all remaining fully open and operational.

The Supreme Court ruling gives the opposition the majority in the assembly - meaning they could potentially impeach the president.

The remaining three judges of the Supreme Court Tuesday night amended an order to release nine high-profile political prisoners, including Nasheed. India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges and political detainees including President Gayoom. "We request a physical presence", Nasheed, who is now in Colombo, Sri Lanka, said in a Twitter post.

While India and China issued travel advisories, the United States asked the Yameen government to abide by the SC decision.

Since Yameen took power in 2013, his government has faced heavy criticism over the detention of opponents, political influence over the judiciary and the lack of freedom of speech.

A statement on Yameen's website on Wednesday said his administration welcomed the court's U-turn, which the judges had said was made "in light of the concerns raised by the president".

This is the second time Yameen has declared a state of emergency. "I wanted to know how well planned this coup is", he said.

Police also this week arrested the country's former dictator, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who was president from 1978 to 2008, when the Maldives became a multiparty democracy.

Gayoom was detained at his residence along with his son-in-law.

"It is essential that India leads the global community in forcing President Yameen to comply with last week's Supreme Court order", he wrote in an op-ed article in the Indian Express newspaper on Wednesday.

India, which views China as its main geopolitical foe in Asia, has been more assertive under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in pushing to maintain geo-strategic supremacy in the Indian Ocean, with backing from the US and Japan.

Zeid said in a statement issued Wednesday by his office in Geneva that Yameen "has, to put it bluntly, usurped the authority of the state's rule-of-law institutions and its ability to work independently from the executive".

China's travel advisory coming ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday season starting from February 15 is likely to deter thousands of Chinese who travel to the Maldives during the week-long holiday.

"Yameen has been trying over the last few years to consolidate his political presence", Jaishankar said, adding this has involved seeking Chinese funding.

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