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SITUATION REPORTNov 29, 2018 | 16:36 GMT
South Asia: India Considers Loan for Maldives, Sri Lanka Signs Economic Deals With China
The Indian government is reportedly considering offering $1 billion in soft loans to the Maldives to repay Chinese debt while seeking a permanent military presence on the island nation, Nikkei reported Nov. 28. At the same time, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed two agreements with China that include a $32 million contract to develop berth capacity at a container terminal in Colombo, Reuters reported Nov. 29.
SITUATION REPORTNov 14, 2018 | 17:32 GMT
Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa Loses Confidence Vote in Parliament
A majority of 122 lawmakers voted against recently installed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after the country's parliament reconvened on Nov. 14, dealing another blow to President Maithripala Sirisena following a Supreme Court decision to suspend his order to dissolve the legislature, Al Jazeera has reported.
AssessmentsNov 9, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sept. 4, 2016, in Hangzhou, China.
India Guards Against China's Encroaching Shadow
India is the dominant country in South Asia, accounting for the majority of the region's landmass (68 percent), population (75 percent) and economic output (79 percent). These disparities have informed India's status as South Asia's reigning hegemon in the decades since it gained independence from the British Empire in 1947.
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