Journal : Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Date : Author : NA Page No. : NA

Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on February 13, 2018

Q: According to reports, on February 10, former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, when giving an interview to the Times of India, said that the Chinese now have taken control of as many as 17 islands in the Maldives and that this is “land grab”. He does not think this is a bilateral problem between China and the Maldives and believes that it is “an international issue and international human rights issue”. It has to do with separation and colonialism and should be dealt with multilaterally. Abdulla Yameen is its internal driver while China is its external driver. He added that if he returned to power, he would seek help from the international community against the “land grab”. What is your response to this?

A: Last week I made response to the similar remarks of Mr. Nasheed.

His latest remarks are no different from his previous ones-nothing short of sheer fabrication and ridiculous. I must remind Mr. Nasheed that it is the people of China and the Maldives that are in the best position to judge whether China-Maldives cooperation serves their common interests and can deliver benefits to the two countries and two peoples. It can by no means be denigrated by the one-sided story of certain people.

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