In the wake of the Maldives’ recent presidential runoff election, both China and India are reaffirming their commitments to support the island nation. This comes as the two Asian giants continue to vie for influence in the Maldives, a strategically located archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives, Wang Lixin, met with President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu to discuss their bilateral relationship. During the meeting, Ambassador Lixin expressed China’s unwavering commitment to assist the Maldives in its development efforts. She expressed confidence that the friendly ties between the two nations will strengthen further during Muizzu’s administration. President-elect Muizzu, in turn, thanked China for its support and hoped for continued assistance in fulfilling his administration’s pledges.
Later in the day, High Commissioner of India to the Maldives, Munu Mahawar, held talks with President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. Their discussions touched on various subjects, with a shared commitment to bolster the longstanding bilateral relationship between India and the Maldives. President-elect Muizzu emphasized the paramount importance of safeguarding the Maldives’ sovereignty, a sentiment echoed by many in the recent election. He also requested more convenient loan repayment terms for debts extended by India to the outgoing government.
In response, High Commissioner Mahawar assured the Maldives of India’s full respect for its sovereignty and expressed readiness to explore options for more favorable loan repayment arrangements. He reaffirmed India’s support and cooperation in various areas of the Maldives’ development.
This reaffirmation of support from both China and India underscores the strategic significance of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean region and highlights the ongoing power play between these two influential neighbors as they seek to expand their influence in the Maldives. The island nation, known for its stunning landscapes and tourism, is increasingly becoming a geopolitical focal point for these Asian giants.