India fears China base in Maldives
People’s Daily quoted a military officer as saying that China did not own any military base abroad.
China says India’s fears of military base in Maldives unfounded
China’s state media on Saturday said India’s apprehensions that Beijing could establish a military base in the Maldives were groundless, after Male approved a law to allow foreigners to buy land in the country.
People’s Daily, the official newspaper, ran a report which quoted a senior military officer as saying that China did not own any military base abroad, nor did it seek military expansion. These remarks were in tune with China’s military White Paper presented in May.
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