China’s state-run tabloid Global Times on Monday warned that Beijing will retaliate if New Delhi unilaterally decides to send troops to the crisis-hit Maldives.
If India one-sidedly sends troops to the Maldives, China will take action to stop New Delhi,” the daily said in an op-ed.
It warned that, “India should not underestimate China's opposition to unilateral military intervention.”
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang quoted Foreign Minister Wang Yi following his meeting with Mohamed Saeed, the special envoy of Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday that “China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives”.
The meeting took place soon after the Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector was defused.