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Maldives should not cause Sino-Indian tension: Official

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does not want the political to become another thorny issue with India, said a Chinese here.

"We don't want the problem of to become a problem between Indian and China," a government said here.

The told IANS that was in touch with over the issue.

The has plunged into a with its declaring a state of Emergency and arresting the and former

has traditionally held influence in the atoll nation where has been trying to make inroads because of the country's strategic location in the sea.

The archipelago in the is of immense strategic importance to and China, the world's two most populous countries dependent on

Experts say the could well become a new power struggle between India and China.

Yameen has sent special envoys to China, and even as politely declined to host the

It all started when the Maldives' termed as unjust the imprisonment of nine MPs and former who is in exile.

The court ruling - if implemented -- would have restored the Nasheed party's majority and threatened Yameen's presidency.

Nasheed, perceived to be close to New Delhi, has urged India to intervene militarily, a move which China has warned will only complicate the situation.

"met with the Maldives' President's special envoy, (Maldivian) He introduced the current situation in the and said that the government is committed to upholding the rule of the law and social order and independently achieving national stability and development," said here.

Geng also reiterated that China will not interfere in the Maldives' internal affairs and oppose any outside intervention.

Wang told Saeed that China was closely watching the situation and was confident that Male had the wisdom to solve the crisis by itself.

Asked about Indian and US expressing concern over the situation in the Maldives, Geng said: "The current situation in the Maldives is its internal affairs. It should be properly resolved through dialogue and consultation by all relevant parties.

"The international community should respect the sovereignty of the Maldives and respect the will of the Maldives. On this basis, the international community should play a constructive role instead of taking actions that may complicate the situation."



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 15:56 IST