Original title: Maldives election "changed" foreign media on the "Sino Indian competition"
[Global Times correspondent in India Hu Bofeng Global Times correspondent Chen Yang] Maldives Election Commission September 24 announced the results of the day before the election, the country's opposition candidate Salih won 58.3% of the vote, won the general election, will become the next president. The current president, yam 24, gave a speech in early morning to acknowledge defeat and congratulate Saleh. This surprised Western countries that earlier accused Yaming of "manipulating the elections" and were prepared to intervene afterwards. A number of Western and Indian media on the 24th in the report called Yaming "pro-China President" and predicted that the new government will make foreign policy adjustments. However, Maldives officials and non-governmental sources told the Global Times on the 24th that despite the changes in the current situation, Malaysia-China relations will not be subversive.
On September 23rd, Maldives held a presidential election in five years. There are two candidates in the presidential election, the incumbent President Yamin and the opposition "Maldives Democratic Party" candidate Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh. It is reported that a total of more than 260 thousand voters have voted. A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said the official results of the vote count will be announced on the 29th, during which time both sides can challenge the preliminary results of the court.
"Great surprise", Agence France-Presse commented on the 24 day election results of Malai. After the preliminary results, Saleh immediately issued a victory speech early in the morning of 24, saying that "this is a historic moment full of happiness and hope," he accused the current government policy led to the detention or exile of opposition leaders, and called on the Yaming government to respect the election results on behalf of the people's will, to achieve a peaceful and smooth transfer of power.
"The people of Maldives have made a choice and I accept the result of yesterday's election." Earlier today, I met with Saleh, and I told him. Congratulations, I will ensure a smooth transition of the regime.
"India, which has struggled with China for influence in Maldives for a long time, first expressed'heartfelt congratulations'to Maldives," AFP said in a statement issued on the 24th by the Indian Foreign Ministry. "India welcomes the successful completion of the third national election in Maldives, and sincerely congratulates Salih on the success of the third national elections in Maldives," and "for continuation." India will work with the new Maldives government to deepen bilateral relations to ensure the "neighboring country first" diplomatic strategy. Agence France-Presse said that the United States, Sri Lanka, 24 were welcomed the results of the election, China is due to the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, no comment.
"Who is Saleh?" According to the BBC on the 24th, Saleh in the Maldives known as "Ib", he served as a long-term leader of the Democratic Party in Congress, has been calling for democratic reform. Saleh was elected as a co-candidate for the opposition because of the exile or imprisonment of several leaders of the Maldives opposition. Britain's "Guardian" said on 24, the United States and the European Union had threatened to sanction Maldives if the Yaming government interfered in Sunday's general election, but "the election was obviously not interfered, which surprised the opposition." Comments said the election results will have a geopolitical impact, Saleh had promised to restore relations with India and reduce dependence on China.
After Yaming took office in 2013, he quickly strengthened relations with China, with Chinese capital pouring into Maldives and launching several large-scale infrastructure projects. Former President of the Malay Republic of Sri Lanka Nahid, who was exiled in Sri Lanka, accused China of causing the country to fall into a "debt trap", AFP said Tuesday. In addition, Maldives's economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and China has become the largest overseas source country. "New York Times" commented on 24, some observers believe that even if Yaming stepped down, China's influence in the Maldives will not fade. "After Yaming's defeat, China can still cooperate with the next president," said Samaranayak, a South Asian analyst at the U.S. think tank Naval Analysis Center. For small countries in the region, China is more attractive as a source of national development funds than domestic politics.
An unnamed Yaming government official told the Global Times on the 24th that although the opposition led by Saleh is obviously pro-Indian, Saleh himself is an absolute moderate. He believes that there is no doubt that Saleh will adjust the foreign policy of the former government after taking office, but Malaysia-China relations will not be subversive. "Saleh will try to reconcile or balance relations with China and India, but will not refuse economic, trade and investment cooperation with China."
Under the framework of Sino-Malaysian relations, the new Macedonian government will support the continued development of Chinese-funded enterprises investing in local businesses, which is in line with the common will of both sides, "the future will remain full of hope," Dr. Andil Saif, Deputy Secretary-General of the China-Malaysia Cultural Exchange Association, told the Global Times on the 24th.
Long Xingchun, director of the Indian Research Center of Xihua Normal University, told the Global Times on 24 that he noticed that during the Maldives presidential election, the opposition had hardly spoken ill of China, indicating that the opposition was not "anti-China". He is more optimistic about Sino Malaysian Relations in the future. Many people believe that the Maldives opposition will come close to India when it comes to power, but now Sino-Indian relations have shaken off previous tensions. Moreover, India's influence on Maldives is very large.
Long Xingchun said that China is developing diplomatic relations with a country, not with a country's regime, and that China's bilateral relations are often aimed at mutual benefit and promoting the well-being of the people of the two countries, so even if the Maldives regime is replaced, China, as well as "one region, one region, one region" The impact of the road initiative is also very limited.
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