How 'India First' turned into 'China First' for Maldives
NEW DELHI: It was only a few weeks ago that Maldives foreign minister Mohamed Asim arrived in India as a special envoy for President Abdulla Yameen, swearing by his ostensible "India First" policy. Little known was the fact that India-Maldives relations would soon plunge to an all-time low with the Yameen government refusing to address any of India's concerns.
By then, nobody in the Indian system set much store by these words, because it had become clear for some time that for President Yameen, "India First" has been replaced by "China First". How did that happen?
It must be remembered that President Yameen did not bring China into the Maldives. That credit goes to former president Mohamed Nasheed, who, in 2011, allowed the Chinese to open their embassy in Male, and opened the doors to Chinese economic presence in the Maldives, despite Indian reservations.
However, Yameen took the China relationship to new levels, even as his profound distrust of India deepened. From India's point of view, the biggest "red line" was breached after Yameen signed a free-trade agreement (FTA) with China in December 2017, rushing it through the Majlis late at night, when members were given less than 15 minutes to read and approve the deal.
Strowback-8 hours ago
All these greedy countries thinking that dealing with China is great will soon realize that China will suck them dry of their natural resources, use them as dumping grounds for cheap Chinese products and put them to huge unpayable debt! !!
Ramakrishnareddy Reddy-8 hours ago
Maldives cannot survive without india ... it is known fact.. i dont know when this mullas will realise
Ramesh Sargam-Bangalore-8 hours ago
Soon Abdulla Yasmeen will learn a ''lesson'' or two from China, and will come out again "India First" slogan!! Wait and see.
Kumar Raj-8 hours ago
Once again feku diplomacy has failed.
JOJO SAHOO-Bhubaneswar-8 hours ago
Another foreign policy failure. We have let Nepal,Sri Lanka and now Maldives to get closer to China. We have certainly let down our strategic interest. Of course Govt. will tell us all is well and we are doing great.
Satyajeet Shukla-Bangalore-8 hours ago
Yameen is getting too greedy ... he will soon be screwed ... by the Chinese ...
Henjakai-dimapur-8 hours ago
BJP government have failed almost every areas in the field of foreign policies. If they governed one more term, India ???? will be isolated by the whole world. Third class 56 inches