Maldives-China Accord: Fortifying Independence

Maldives Signs Military Pact with China - Asserting Independence
Maldives-China Accord: Fortifying Independence [Source: CNN]

In a recent diplomatic maneuver, the Maldives has forged a military assistance agreement with China, marking a pivotal moment in their bilateral relations. Under this accord, the Maldives is set to benefit from non-lethal military equipment and training from the Chinese military, signaling a deepening partnership between the two nations. President Mohamed Muizzu, known for his pro-China stance, has underscored the agreement as a means to fortify the Indian Ocean island nation's independence and autonomy.

Key Details:

  • The agreement was officially signed by Maldives Defence Minister Mohamed Ghassan Maumoon and Major General Zhang Baoqun, Deputy Director of China's Office for International Military Cooperation.
  • President Muizzu clarified that while military cooperation between China and the Maldives is not new, the agreement enhances the Maldives' military capabilities through training and the provision of non-lethal military equipment, free of charge.
  • The non-lethal weaponry offered includes tear gas, pepper spray, and similar crowd control tools, aimed at bolstering the Maldives' internal security.
  • President Muizzu reiterated that the agreement is instrumental in ensuring the Maldives' self-sufficiency and reducing reliance on external military support.


  • The strengthening of military ties between the Maldives and China coincides with President Muizzu's decision to end the presence of Indian military personnel in the country by May 10, reflecting a shift in regional dynamics.
  • This move aligns with President Muizzu's call for the withdrawal of 88 Indian military personnel, a request made shortly after assuming office, signaling a recalibration in India-Maldives relations.

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