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China dismisses Nasheeds charges as 'ridiculous fabrications'

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today sharpened its attack on former Maldivian over his allegations of land grabbing by in his country, saying the charges are ridiculous fabrications.

Nasheed had told the media in Colombo last month that is indulging in land grabbing, threatening not just the Maldives, but the peace and the stability of the entire region. The large and emerging power is busy buying up the Maldives, he had said, referring to

Last week, I responded similar remarks made by Nasheed. His latest ones are nothing new," said here today.

The allegations are sheer ridiculous fabrications, he told the media.

I would like to remind Nasheed that whether China and cooperation is beneficial to the two countries shall be judged in the final analysis by the two peoples and will not be undermined by any one side story," he said.

Geng was responding to a question on Nasheed's allegations in which he had alleged that China is indulging in land grabbing as has acquired over 17 islands with plans to invest USD 40 million more.

China has been criticising Nasheed, who has been calling for India's military intervention in the after imposed emergency in the island nation, detained top judges and former longtime

Yameen's move came after the apex court ruled to release nine high-profile political prisoners, including Nasheed.

On February 8, Genghad refutedallegations by Nasheed saying, I think that kind of remarks (by the former president) is totally wrong. When Nasheed was the president China had offered assistance to and promoted pragmatic cooperation and achieved a lot of outcomes. I do not know whether Nasheed will regard such cooperation as grabbing, he said.

The Chinese embassy in issued a statement yesterday terming Nasheed's allegations as apparently groundless with no regard to facts.

Meanwhile, an op-ed article in the state run today said China would take action if one-sidedly sends troops to the Maldives.

Without UN empowerment, there would be no righteous cause for any armed force to intervene. China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives, but that does not mean that will sit idly by as breaks the principle," it said.

"If one-sidedly sends troops to the Maldives, China will take action to stop should not underestimate China's opposition to unilateral military intervention," the paper added.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 17:00 IST