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The Maldives asked India to withdraw its military aircraft and want to move closer to China?

The Maldives asked India to withdraw its military aircraft and want to move closer to China?

Original title: The Maldives asked India to withdraw its military aircraft and want to move closer to China?

[Global Times's correspondent in India, Hu Bofeng] A number of Indian media quoted Reuters on the 11th as saying that the Maldivian government recently told India that since the contract for cooperation between the two countries has expired at the end of June, it is hoped that India will deploy it in the Maldives as soon as possible. Two military helicopters and 48 military personnel from Gan Island and Jiatu Island were all withdrawn. This is interpreted by Indian public opinion as another example of “the Maldives moving closer to China”. 

According to reports, the two helicopters were donated to the Maldives by the Indian government in 2013, and the Indian Coast Guard and Navy personnel are responsible for the daily maintenance and operation of the aircraft. The Maldives ambassador to India, Muhammad, told Reuters that the two military helicopters were mainly used to provide emergency evacuation and medical rescue. However, with the continuous improvement of the infrastructure of the Maldives, it has the ability to independently complete medical rescue and evacuation work, and these two military aircraft are no longer needed.

The matter has caused strong public opinion and strategic circles in India. The Hindu newspaper wrote on the 11th that the matter may mark a further tightening of bilateral relations between India and Malaysia, and that bilateral exchanges such as labor services are also negatively affected. The newspaper said that at present, about 2,000 visa applicants who have gone to work in Malaysia have been unable to get a work permit when they have already obtained a job. They can only watch the boss in order not to delay the upcoming trip. In the peak season, recruit people from the Philippines, Sri Lanka and other countries. The Times of India stated that the Maldives is trying to undermine India’s presence in the local area and turn to China. The Maldives’ request for India’s withdrawal of military aircraft and military personnel marks the “imperial confrontation between India and China in the South Asian geopolitical game”.

For a long time, India has established itself as a “net security provider” in the Indian Ocean region, providing security guarantees to South Asian countries such as the Maldives. It not only gives military assistance, organizes joint military training, but also gives military supplies such as ships and planes. Correspondingly, regional countries are also required to make “India First” policy guarantees to ensure that the geographical interests printed in the region are stable. The Maldives’ request for India’s withdrawal of military aircraft and soldiers is, in a sense, a response to India’s repeated violations of the internal affairs of the country. It can also be seen as a lever to further incite balance in the region’s great powers. Future bilateral relations will follow September. The upcoming Maldives election has become more complicated. 

Original title: The Maldives asked India to withdraw its military aircraft and want to move closer to China?


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