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China’s state-run Global Times told India to not intervene in Male’s affairs and said political struggles are supposed to be internal affairs. In an editorial published on Tuesday titled ‘India must stop intervening in Malé’, the state-run media said, “For a long time, the Maldives has had to choose between being manipulated by India or its independence as a sovereign state. The Maldives must be under huge pressure from India.” The state-run Global Times is run by the Communist Party of China and is considered to often reflect Beijing’s views.
The editorial further said that ‘India has a strong desire to control South Asian countries as it regards the region as its backyard’. “New Delhi is particularly sensitive to any endeavour by small South Asian states toward independence and autonomy, especially ties with other major powers. New Delhi takes it for granted that it can openly intervene in their domestic affairs,” said the editorial.