The Narendra Modi government recently launched a cargo ferry service to help open up the Indian market to Maldives’ exports and also provided $500 million in grants and soft loans to finance the largest infrastructure project in the island nation.
India’s diplomatic efforts and steady financial and military assistance give it an advantage over China as both nations seek closer ties with the island nations in the Indian Ocean. Highlights: The island nations of the Indian Ocean have emerged as a new theatre of competition between India and China. China’s rising influence in the Indian Ocean has raised suspicions in New Delhi that Beijing is following a “String of Pearls” strategy to emasculate its sphere of influence. Prime Minister Modi [...]
As Mohamed Nasheed makes a somewhat triumphant return from exile to the Maldives, the former President and democracy champion vows not to play India and China against one another. The former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, sees the island nation as a “solution” to South Asia’s security issues and what he describes as a “brewing cold war” between the two major powers of the region – India and China. In an address just before he left his base while [...]