Maldives: Benefiting from Chinese-Indian Competition

Sep 11, 2013 | 10:20 GMT
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Former Maldivian President and current presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed casts his vote at a local polling station in the capital, Male, on Sept. 7.

The ongoing presidential election in the Maldives is just the latest development in a long political competition during which India's once-stalwart partner has begun creeping toward China's expanding sphere of regional influence. Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the tiny island nation is an important regional tax haven and investment hub. The Maldives has also become an increasingly strategic port of call, joining Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan as South Asian states being courted by Beijing in its attempt to expand China's maritime presence along critical trade routes to the Middle East and the West....

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