Bat­tle of gi­ants

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

‘Race Across Waves’ was an in­for­ma­tive read. It is the tragedy of small na­tions that they are used by the big pow­ers which are fight­ing each other to achieve their re­spec­tive goals. It is clear that both China and In­dia are vy­ing to es­tab­lish some sort of in­flu­ence over the the Mal­dives due to its strate­gi­cally im­por­tant lo­ca­tion.

Both coun­tries are try­ing to outdo each other in the race to arm the is­land na­tion.

It is cru­cial that the gov­ern­ment of the Mal­dives takes stock of the sit­u­a­tion. It should not let the coun­try’s soil (or wa­ters) be used for the power strug­gle between the two Asian gi­ants. The Mal­dives is a peace­ful coun­try. This is the rea­son why tourists from all over the world come here in flocks to en­joy the beau­ti­ful beaches and mes­mer­iz­ing sur­round­ings. It should con­sider it­self lucky that it doesn’t have any ri­valry with any na­tion. In to­day’s world, con­flicts between neigh­bor­ing coun­tries are ram­pant. In­stead of build­ing up its arms cache the coun­try should fo­cus on devel­op­ment and the bet­ter­ment of its peo­ple.

David Matthews

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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