We know the Chinese are building military bases on reefs just above level. If they believe sea level is rising at an accelerating rate, they wouldn't do it.
The roll-call of high-end resorts in the Maldives increases every year. In the past 14 months, no fewer than eight have opened: Ayada Maldives, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Jumeirah Vittaveli, Dusit Thani, Niyama, Viceroy Maldives, The Residence and Centara Ras Fush.
Don't listen to what people say. Watch what they do.