China tells its tourists not to visit Maldives until situation improves

China’s foreign ministry on Monday said Chinese tourists should not visit the Maldives until the situation there stabilizes, as an ongoing tussle between the Maldives’ Supreme Court and the country’s president threatens to spark a constitutional crisis.

The government of the Maldives will resist any attempt by the Supreme Court to impeach President Abdulla Yameen for disobeying its order last week to release jailed opposition leaders, the attorney general said on Sunday.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing that “Chinese citizens who are preparing in the near term to go to the Maldives temporarily not go to the Maldives before the situation on the ground stabilizes.”

Chinese New Year is the peak season for Chinese tourists to visit and suggested tourists already there pay close attention to the situation, Geng said.

He added that what was happening there is an internal affair. (Courtesy Reuters)