In the Maldives, there is internal political discord pertaining to Chinese investment in the country under BRI. Few officials underlined the fear of the country falling into a debt trap as it does not have the capacity to pay back the loans taken for BRI projects. On the other hand, the government officials argued that the debt trap is a mere false exaggeration of the provided information. Even the Chinese side has rejected the debt trap allegation asserting it has not insisted any country join BRI if it is not compatible with their socio-political and economic interests.