On Friday, The Pentagon is a concern for the US Says “allegations of China engaging in massive land grabbing in the Maldives, is a concern for the US”
Asserting that the US was “committed to a free and open” Indo-Pacific rules-based order, the Pentagon said anything else would cause the US concern.
Joe Felter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, “The US is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific rules-based order. We have seen concerning developments in the Maldives as far as the Chinese influence is concerned,”
The top Pentagon official responding to a question on the allegations of a Maldivian opposition leader and a former foreign minister, on the Chinese land grabbing activities in the island nation with the potential of developing them into a military outpost said. “It’s in India’s backyard. We know it’s of concern to India. So, yes, (the situation in the Maldives) is a concern. We will see how it plays out. It emphasizes some of our priorities identified in our National Defense Strategy,”
Felter said “If you look at similar activities across the region, it gives us some cause for concern. From Djibouti to, Gwadar put to Hambantota port in Sri Lanka, and now potentially the Maldives and then extending further east, it’s of concern, Other countries in the region have expressed similar concern, including India, We believe the interests of all states- large and small- are best served by maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific and a rules-based order. Some of China’s activities that we’ve observed give us concern because they do not seem to be consistent with those interests. I suspect India shares these concerns as well,”
Former Foreign Minister of Maldives Ahmed Naseem, Made Allegations on China about interfering in internal affairs of Maldives also grabbing massive land masses which seems to be a threat to the US as well as India. And said, “China appeared to be keen on building a base in the Maldives which one day may house warships and submarines.”