Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : NA Page No. : 3
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Maldives President Yameen began a two day state visit to India on April 10 and held talks with Indian Prime Minister Modi on April 11. During the meeting India decided to accelerate and take forward the port among various other infrastructure projects. On the same day the Times of India reported that  the topic of China took up a lot of time of the talks between Modi and Yameen and the former Maldives Foreign Minister said that China may also build a port in the southern part of Maldives.

The Economic Times on April 11 reported that the topic of defence cooperation was included in six of the agreements signed, such as the development of a port, building of military forces, maritime reconnaissance, were some of the important cooperation details. Modi said that President Yameen  expressed agreement with India’s strategy and agreed to protect India’s interests while Yameen stated that Maldives will proceed with its “India-first” foreign policy. Some Indian media commentaries stated that currently China is expanding its influence over Maldives which is a source for concern for India.

The Times of India reported that China is likely build a port in Gadhoo Island in southern Maldives. which will “ directly impinging India’s interests in the Indian Ocean region”. Former Maldives Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem told the Times of India that said while the government had not yet confirmed it, there were indications that Maldives was looking to let the Chinese build a port at Gaadhoo island in the southern atoll. The local population had already been evacuated and a Chinese engineering team is on site currently building a road.  The Times of India report stated that although China has previously denied rumours that it is building a military base, but China are known to “strengthen control via the construction of ports”.

 

Original Text

印媒担心中国在马尔代夫建港口

马尔代夫总统亚明10日开始对印度展开为期两天的访问,11日与印度总理莫迪举行会谈。印度决定在马尔代夫加快推进港口等基础设施建设项目。同一天,《印度时报》称,中国在莫迪和亚明的会谈中会占很重分量,马尔代夫前外交部长称,中国可能在马尔代夫南部建港口。

印度《经济时报》11日报道称,印马当天签署了包括防务合作在内的6项协议,港口发展、武装力量建设、海上侦察等是合作重要内容。莫迪称,亚明表示同意对印度的战略和安全利益保持敏感。亚明说,马尔代夫将继续“印度第一”的外交政策。印媒评论称,目前,中国正在扩大在马尔代夫的影响力,这令印度担忧。

《印度时报》11日称,中国有可能在马尔代夫南部的拉姆环礁建造港口,这将“直接影响印度在印度洋地区的利益”。马尔代夫前外交部长纳西姆对《印度时报》表示,虽然马政府未证实该消息,但有迹象显示,当地居民已经撤离,中国工程队目前在该地区修路。《印度时报》称,此前中国否认在拉姆环礁建设军事基地的传闻,但中国善于“通过建设港口加强控制”。

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