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2006年6月30日 (金)

On Marao Island 1

「マラオ島」なる島は実在するか、するとすればその位置、価値は。

「マラオ島」の利用を企図する勢力は存在するか。するとすればその意図は。

Vijay Sakhuja, "From Malacca to Hormuz:
Chinese Energy Sea Lane Security," 中国大分析-和平論壇Peace Forum 2 Jun 2003,  http://www.peaceforum.org.tw/onweb.jsp?webno=33333333:0&webitem_no=353  (30 June 2006)

A relatively new entrant in the Chinese security calculus is Maldives. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, economic and trade cooperation between China and Maldives has been developing continuously. The scale of Sino-Maldivian economic cooperation is quite limited with a bilateral trade volume of US$1.358 million. But what is of greater interest is that China has “ engineered a manner of a coup by coaxing Maldives' Abdul Gayoom government to let it establish a base in Marao”. According to media reports, the deal was finalised during the Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji visit to Male in May 2001. In geo-strategic terms, this development is indeed noteworthy and would enable China to monitor its sea-lanes that run along the Indian coast. Besides, it would be able to monitor US naval activity at Diego Garcia and also engage in electronic surveillance in the area, a development similar to its electronic surveillance initiatives in Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean.

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