China dismisses accusations from former Maldives leader

Yameen sends envoys to China, Pakistan and Saudi for support

Yameen sends envoys to China, Pakistan and Saudi for support

India was the first country Yameen proposed to send an envoy to in order to brief the leadership on the political crisis in his country.

Mr Yameen, however, left out key regional power India, which, along with the United States, Britain and the United Nations, has condemned the imposition of emergency and the arrest of top judges whose ruling against Mr Yameen touched off new instability.

Judge Ali Hameed was being harshly treated, Nasheed, who was granted asylum by Britain after the Male government allowed him to leave jail for medical treatment overseas in 2016, said in a Twitter post.

He also arrested former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, his estranged half brother who was the last remaining opposition figure in the country.

The police did not give other details or name the journalists.

Gayoom ruled the Maldives for 30 years until 2008, when Nasheed was elected president, and he now stands with the opposition in the fractious politics of the tropical islands, home to 400,000 people, majority Muslims.

The Maldives, best known for its luxury tourist resorts, has become another arena of contest for India and China after it signed up to Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative to build trade and transport links across Asia and beyond.

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"You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations", the U.S. embassy in Colombo said in its updated travel advice on Tuesday.

Even as the Chinese foreign minister was meeting with the Maldivian envoy, China said it respected the principle of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, news agency IANS reported.

India, which has had longstanding political ties to the tiny archipelago, has sought to push back against China's expanding presence.

India has said it's monitoring the situation in the Maldives and has expressed concern about the state of emergency but little more. Nasheed, in exile since he was allowed to go overseas for medical treatment in 2016, urged India to send an envoy "backed by the military" to the Maldives to free the detained judges and political prisoners. He also asked the United States to "stop all financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through USA banks".

Embattled President Abdulla Yameen, who disobeyed Supreme Court orders to free jailed political opponents, had declared a state of emergency on February 6. Just a month ago Yameen's envoy to Delhi had reaffirmed "India First" policy. But it has since avoided getting dragged into the island's politics.

"Following the Supreme Court ruling on 1st February, RaajjeTV received a number of threats including open calls for arson attacks, threats of violence against staff and calls to burn down the station by a mob gathered in front of RaajjeTV, " it said.

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