China calls for dialogue to end Maldives crisis, upgrades travel warning

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BEIJING: China today called for resolution of political crisis in Maldives through dialogue without external intervention as the embattled President Abdulla Yameen, who is closely allied with Beijing, declared a state of emergency to stay in power amid rising tide of opposition.
Weighing its options in the fast deteriorating crisis in the Maldives, China asked political parties in Maldives to find a solution without external intervention, as UN, US and India stepped pressure on Yameen to implement the Supreme Court ruling of setting the detained opposition leaders free.

Observers say China faced a similar situation in Sri Lanka when its close ally and the then president Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated in 2015 elections creating crisis situation for Chinese strategic investments.

However, in a move that could hurt Yameen, China upgraded its travel alert asking its citizens to cancel their plans to visit Maldives in view of emergency despite assurances from…

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