Amidst the tension in India-Maldives relations, the President of Maldives, Mohamed Muijju, took a hand in India. After a five-day visit to China, he said at a press conference on Saturday, “We may be small, so you don’t have a license to bully us.”
According to Indian media Hindustan Times, Maldives gave a special message to India through this comment on Saturday. The relationship between the two countries is ongoing. Meanwhile, many Indian tourists have boycotted going to Maldives. Due to this, Muijju requested China to send tourists to Maldives.
Earlier, Beijing said that it will not support any outside interference in the Maldives. They believe in the independence and sovereignty of this island.
The joint statement of Maldives and China said, ‘The two countries are interested in working together for their own interests. China will always support Maldives. Even with the development of the country, China is on the side.
The incident started last week. Three Maldivian ministers had to be dismissed for posting on social media mocking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The three dismissed Maldivian ministers are Maryam Sheuna, Malsha and Hasan Jehan.
Modi recently visited Lakshadweep, the country’s smallest autonomous region consisting of 36 islands. The purpose of his visit was to promote the tourism industry of the area of 32 square kilometers. These ministers shared some pictures and videos of Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep on social media and taunted him.
In such a situation, the Maldivian government said in a statement, ‘Those who posted such posts while in government positions have been dismissed from their jobs.’
According to Hindustan Times, many Indians decided to boycott Maldives after this incident. Most of them are tourists. This incident happened at a time when the President of Maldives Mohamed Muijju was on a visit to China. Meanwhile, he urged China to send more tourists.
On the issue of the dismissal of three ministers, the Chinese media Global Times says that India has the mentality to dominate Asia. They want to do the same in Maldives. The report also mentions that Beijing has warned Delhi not to involve or blame China in this. It has even been suggested to change our policy towards neighbors.
Fudan University’s Center for South-Asian Studies Deputy Director Lin Minwang says that Maldivian President Muijju has already changed the foreign policy. He started giving more importance to China than India. But many say that he is not doing this on purpose. He wants the good of the country first, then foreign policy.