Maldives emergency undermines checks and balances, says UN

The Maldives

The Maldives

"The worldwide community should play a constructive role on the basis of respecting the sovereignty of the Maldives rather than take actions that may further complicate the situation", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said without mentioning India.

China, Nasheed said, "is busy buying up the Maldives", adding that this year's presidential election could be the last chance to extricate the Maldives from increasing Chinese influence.

Yameen, who has had nearly all the political opposition jailed since he came to power in 2013, is resisting mounting global pressure over the crisis.

The under-construction China Maldives Friendship Bridge pictured near the city of Male. He has signed an FTA with Beijing and approved several Chinese projects in the country.

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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has since met Mohamed Saeed, special envoy of the Maldivian president and economic development minister, in Beijing and told him that the Chinese supported the Maldives in its bid to settle disputes through dialogue. Since the crisis erupted, Maldivian opposition leaders have urged New Delhi to intervene.

As the crisis reached a peak, the Maldivian government has taken a stance to send emissaries to "friendly nations" in order to provide an update on the current situation there.

The diplomats, based in neighboring Sri Lanka but also accredited to the Maldives, arrived in Male after the regime said it was open to foreign observers visiting the country.

But his appeals for the support of India, the USA and other western imperialist powers and on an explicitly anti-China platform have become ever more unabashed.

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"While these three countries have elevated their ties to Male. when the chips are down, they will be of no major effect", he said.

The annulment followed the state of emergency, which gives officials sweeping powers to make arrests, search and seize property and restrict freedom of assembly.

The Maldives was plunged into crisis this week when President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of judges who had ordered the release of his political opponents.

Mr Saeed's lawyer claimed that his client received death threats before his arrest. Lawyer Hisaan Hussain said he was gravely concerned by the government's reaction to the court ruling, saying it is a "blatant violation and completely erodes the doctrine of separation of powers".

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Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was arrested on charges, including attempting the overthrow of the government, and two Supreme Court judges, including the chief justice, have also been detained. The statement is apparently aimed at India because Maldives opposition leaders have been seeking Indian military intervention to preserve democracy in the island nation.

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