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In Indian Ocean, threat is from U.S., not China, says Gayoom

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  1. Eddie

    Eddie Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    “U.S. setting up base in Maldives could upset balance of powerâ€

    Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Maldives for 30 years and is today a sprightly 76-year-old, feels that it is the U.S. rather than China that could upset the balance of power in the Indian Ocean by seeking to set up a base in his nation.

    “I am not happy. I didn’t want that to happen,†he said, reacting to reports of the U.S. and the Maldives discussing a Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) that envisages a foothold for American forces in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

    “There are no such moves from China,†Mr. Gayoom said, when he was asked about reports from think tanks from Australia to Europe predicting a Chinese Navy presence now that Beijing has opened an embassy in the Maldives.

    The leaked draft SOFA being discussed by Male and Washington “incorporates the principal provisions and necessary authorisations for the temporary presence and activities of the U.S. forces in the Republic of Maldives and, in the specific situations indicated herein, the presence and activities of United States contractors in the Maldives.â€

    Acknowledging that the discussion had taken place, the U.S. embassy in Colombo has, however, clarified that there are no immediate plans for a permanent military base in the Maldives.

    “SOFAs are normal practice wherever the U.S. cooperates closely with a country’s national security forces. SOFAs generally establish the framework under which the U.S. personnel operate in a country when supporting security-related activities and the United States is currently party to more than 100 agreements that may be considered a SOFA,†it said.

    Mr. Gayoom appreciated the role played by India, third major player in the region. “I am happy with India’s role in my 30 years of presidency. There is no threat from the Indian side. I appreciate what it has done in the social and economic sectors,†he said in an exclusive interview to The Hindu on the last day of his three-day visit during which he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

    But on cancellation of the GMR-led consortium’s contract for modernising and running the airport at Male — the biggest single-ticket FDI proposal in the Maldives — Mr. Gayoom blamed Muhammad Nasheed, former President who had defeated Mr. Gayoom in the archipelago’s first multiparty polls in 2008.

    The multibillion-dollar contract was scrapped by Mr. Nasheed’s successor, Mohammad Waheed Hasan. But Mr. Gayoom says it was Mr. Nasheed who inked the deal without taking Parliament into confidence.

    “This was a mistake. Had he consulted all political parties, the public would not have formed the impression that corruption had taken place. Then we told the next President Mr. Waheed that he should hold discussions with the GMR Group and the Indian government to arrive at an acceptable solution, after which the government was free to act on its own. Unfortunately, this was not done and suddenly there was this unhappy ending.â€

    In Indian Ocean, threat is from U.S., not China, says Gayoom
     
  2. arun.id

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    Any possibility of him being payed by the Chinese to do that??
     
  3. Virajith

    Virajith Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I too doubt that
     
  4. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    US is as much of a threat as the Chinese in the Indian ocean!Id say a bigger threat.
     
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    US a threat is a flimsy scenario. They could be a asset than to declare them as threat. India is not capable to counter Chinese development in near future. So why not play as devil advocate.
     
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    i dont think so
     
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    arun.id Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    US is a threat to the whole world. look at what they've been doing all along.
     
  8. INDIAN NATIONALIST

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    I don't ever buy this line of reasoning.

    Indians have been genocided, left for dead after putting their lives on the line, and subject to institutional and cultural racism of every stripe, without a shred of recognization or even regret by the perpetrators, regardless of our pacifism and willingness to try and integrate.

    What tolerance and mutual respect exists today I see as a historical anomaly rather than evolution of human culture, and may just as well be gone tomorrow.

    Americans, British, German, Japanese, Chinese, middle east, etc. etc.

    India has no friends but Indians (and even then many Indian traitors exist today that may as well be foreigners to this effect). The lesson will not have been learned so long as we take a single step back in compromising our sovereignty to appease those that would try and eradicate our civilization.
    There can be no equitable assurance of security, competence, or ability to live fulfilling lives for our children in the future at this rate. India must find ways to counter all its rivals simultaneously if necessary. Hope that one will kill another for us simply is not a strategy we can afford to rely on. It's totally unacceptable.
     
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    Well all the best with you wanting to hang in alone in this world.

    I would like that, but this is not a ideal world scenario. As a capitalist, If India finds it has advantage then they should accept it. On weighing advantages and disadvantages, we are loosing more countries than China gaining more. I would better say it as asset than as a threat.
     
  10. INDIAN NATIONALIST

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    I am saying India should strategize from a perspective that it must forge methods to defend its sovereignty on its own.
    In future scenario we may not be so lucky to have two rivals occupying same place at the same time (although in what should be Indian occupied waters in the first place).
     
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    Simple survival of the fittest. Every nation next to our aisle or thousands of miles away always want to side to a country which can provide a better deal to exploit their market. We seriously lack strategist who can work out on this front and give a deal and push through. Chinese are lot better in this currently.

    Anyways in case of Maldives if they are leaning towards China, then we cant do much about it unless we provide a better deal.
     
  12. INDIAN NATIONALIST

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    Thinking inside the box.

    Print out some new textbook maps and annex Maldives.

    It's what China (maybe even US) would do, right?
     
  13. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    That depends on what to describe as "BOX"

    All the best on your venture alone... :rofl:
     
  14. Rock n Rolla

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    The new Maldives govt is closer to China, one more reason for India to worry.
    India needs to join a military alliance asap, NAM is done with!!
     
  15. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Not really true on the pro china part.
    The new govt is a proxy for an old pro India dictator and the deposed one is also pro India.Lets not jump the gun here
     
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