America is going to open its embassy in Maldives in an attempt to surround China. The US Secretary of State announced Mike Pompeo. Pompeo met with Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid and stressed on promoting security in the Indian Ocean. He said that America is going to open its embassy in Maldives to increase cooperation in both the countries.
Would like Bridge work
Maldives Foreign Minister said the decision as historic step that will act as a bridge between the two countries. In this meeting, Maldives also raised the issue of climate change. Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid said that our carbon footprint was very low, but we are still suffering from climate change. We want the United States and other big countries to work together in this direction. Significantly, the services of the US Embassy to Maldives are currently provided from the US Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Chinese response to Pompeo’s attack
Earlier, during his visit to Sri Lanka, Mike Pompeo met with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and targeted China’s Communist government fiercely. He called the Chinese government a ‘predator’, in response to which the Chinese Embassy in Colombo tweeted an image of the video game ‘Aliens vs Predator’. China wrote, ‘Sorry, Mr. Pompio we are busy promoting China-Sri Lanka friendship and cooperation, we are not interested in your Alien vs. Predator’ game. China alleges that the US wants to spoil its relationship with Sri Lanka.
2 + 2 talks held with India.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had joined 2 + 2 talks with India before leaving for Maldives and Sri Lanka visit. In this meeting, various issues including China were discussed. The dragon has been stung by this meeting with China over tensions over LAC.