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Indian military called on to show sincerity

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By Zhang Yangfei | CHINA DAILY 

A Chinese military official said on Monday that the Indian military made unreasonable and unrealistic demands during the latest corps-commander level talks between the two sides.

The 13th corps-commander level talks were held at the Moldo-Chushul border meeting point on the Chinese side on Sunday.

Senior Colonel Long Shaohua, a spokesman for the Western Theater of the People’s Liberation Army, said China has made great efforts and fully demonstrated its sincerity to promote the de-escalation of the border situation and maintain relations between the militaries.

He said China has an unwavering determination and will to safeguard its national sovereignty.

“We hope that the Indian side will not misjudge the situation,” he said, adding that the Indian military should cherish the current hard-won situation in the Sino-Indian border area, abide by the agreements and consensus between the two countries, show sincerity and take actions to maintain peace and tranquillity together with the Chinese side.

Long’s remarks came after a Chinese military source said on Saturday that Chinese troops had encountered “unreasonable obstruction” from the Indian military during a routine patrol on Sept 28 in the Dongzhang area on the Chinese side of the Sino-Indian border.

The source said the Chinese troops took resolute countermeasures and returned after the patrol was completed. Calling the Indian obstruction a “deliberate provocation” which seriously violated bilateral agreements, the source added that “the responsibility rests entirely with the Indian side”.

India’s Ministry of Defence said in a statement that it made “constructive suggestions” but the Chinese side was “not agreeable” and “could not provide any forward-looking proposals”.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a news briefing on Monday that the Indian statement was “entirely groundless”.

Lin Minwang, deputy director of Fudan University’s Center for South Asian Studies, said that China attaches great importance to relations between the militaries and has taken actions based on consideration of the overall situation, but the Indian side has started to become more aggressive, hence the tough statement from the Chinese military.

He said Senior Colonel Long’s remarks delivered a clear message that the Chinese military will not make any further concessions and that India should work harder to stabilize relations.

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MPS still under Home Minister: PO

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President’s Office on Tuesday stated that though Maldives Police Service (MPS) is now operating as an independent entity, the Home Minister is still the responsible figure for the agency.

Following the ratification and implementing of MPS Act, MPS would function as an independent entity, with various internal governing bodies. The Home Minister will be responsible for overseeing the body but will have no control over day to day operations.

Confusion reigned supreme following a letter sent by President’s Office to the Home Affairs, stating that MPS would function as an independent entity effective from March 27, 2021. The letter also stated the Ministry’s functions and roles following this decision.

Clause 242 of the Constitution mandates that all government and government associated agencies be overseen by a Minister.

The statement issued by President’s Office said that Home Minister Sheikh Imran would still oversee the agency.

In response to the change, Minister Imran tweeted that ‘challenges’ were natural and expected. He added that success was in perseverance.

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Tourism Ministry sets three-year period for resorts to open

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Minister of Tourism Dr Abdullah Mausoom has revealed that the Ministry intends to automatically revoke the islands leased for resort development, if the developers fail to open the property within a three-year period.

Speaking to local newspaper, Mihaaru, the Minister revealed that this was already in the plans and a new agreement will be signed based on this principle.

Statistics by Tourism Ministry in 2020, show that over 50 resorts were still under development, with parties filing to extend the permits for 21 islands. Some of the leased islands have been listed as under development for over 10 years.

This, he said, was being implemented to urge developers to finish developing the property and begin operations. Minister Mausoom noted that most citizens living close to islands under development had raised their concerns over delays.

The Minister had previously said that Tourism sustained severe losses due to the pandemic. While the sector aims to bring in 1.3 million tourists, there are several challenges including a new mutation of the delta strain detected in the UK and limitations of the airport to cater for arrivals.

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U23 national team departs for Bahrain

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The under 23 national football team has departed to Bahrain for training ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be held in Uzbekistan from the 27th to the 31st of this month.

The team is accompanied by Assistant Coaches Sabah Mohamed and Mohamed Shahid. They will play two practice matches in Bahrain before heading to straight to qualifiers in Uzbekistan. The team had also carried out successful training camps in the atolls.

Maldives will face off against Iraq on 27th October, against Bahrain on 29th October, and Afghanistan on 31st October.

Competing nations are divided into 11 groups. First place winners will go into the Asian Cup. Additionally, four top-performing teams from the second placed nations will proceed to the Cup.

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