Maldives would be wise to shun meaningless ‘gift’ from New Delhi

India's plan to provide loans to the Maldives to help the island nation repay its debts to China will likely turn out to be nothing more than an old trick that will lead to India becoming a... More

‘Our love for China is not lost,’ Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid...

Those who thought that China will walk into a political sunset in the Maldives with the formation of an India-friendly coalition government led by President Solih are in for a rude shock. Nothing of that sort will... More

Maldives offered US$1 billion in exchange for Indian military presence

India has offered up to US$1 billion in low-interest loans to help the Maldives repay its debt to China in exchange for a permanent military presence, the Nikkei Asian Review reported Wednesday, citing Indian government sources. Talks are... More

Maldives’ defence minister says regional stability is of ‘utmost importance’

The Maldivian government will work to strengthen ties with neighbouring countries and ensure stability in the Indian Ocean region, a matter of utmost importance, says Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi. At a ceremony held in capital city Malé... More

Maldives’ top court cancels jail sentence of former president

The Maldives’ Supreme Court on Monday canceled a 13-year-old jail sentence imposed on former president Mohamed Nasheed for a terrorism conviction, saying prosecutors had provided no evidence to prove his guilt. Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader,... More

India, Maldives set to hold defence dialogue in December, President Solih to...

Maldives president Ibrahim Solih is all set to visit New Delhi on December 17. Keeping in line with the island nation’s India First policy, this is likely to be Solih’s first international trip after he was sworn... More

Sri Lanka, India and Maldives take part in trilateral maritime exercise

The Indian Coast Guard will take part in an exercise with its Maldivian and Sri Lankan counterparts starting Monday in the Maldives. This is India's first defense engagement with Maldives after the new administration came to power there... More

Maldives’ ex-ruling party alleges ‘secret deal’ behind India PM’s Maldives visit

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Saturday alleged that a "secret deal" was behind India Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the Maldives. Modi was among the more than 300 foreign dignitaries at the inauguration ceremony of... More

New Maldives regime will tread cautiously in foreign affairs

The newly elected Ibrahim Mohamed Solih government in the Maldives is likely to tread cautiously in foreign affairs particularly vis-à-vis India and China, even though foreign media is consistently portraying the regime change as one signaling the... More

Chinese ambassador dismisses claims of unreasonable debt on Maldives calling it “highly...

Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives, Zhang Lizhong has dismissed claims that the Maldives owed the Chinese government a 3-billion-USD debt, stating the figure was "deeply exaggerated", local media reported Friday. In an interview with the local media "Avas",... More

After building spree, just how much does the Maldives owe China?

One week after taking power, the new government of the Maldives says it has no idea how much it owes China, which has led a construction spree in the tiny Indian Ocean nation, but fears the debts... More

Maldives’ top court overturns Home Minister Imran’s terrorism conviction

The Supreme Court of Maldives on Thursday overturned Adhaalath Party leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla’s 12-year jail sentence on a terrorism charge raised over his speech at the 2015 May Day anti-government rally. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously that... More

Maldivian Democratic Party pushes for probes against ex-president Yameen

Maldives’ main political party in the government alliance has called on the newly appointed home minister Sheikh Imran Abdulla to expedite the investigations into the numerous allegations against former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)... More

Indebted Maldives sending envoy to China

The Maldives foreign minister will visit Beijing before the end of 2018, officials said Wednesday, likely seeking to renegotiate the archipelago's Chinese debt. China has loaned billions of dollars to countries around the Indian Ocean and beyond for... More

China believes Maldives will make ‘correct choice’ on trade deal

China believes the Maldives will make the “correct choice” to continue with a bilateral free trade deal, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, after a Maldives politician said the tiny nation would pull out of the... More

Common interests guide China-Maldives relationship

New Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was sworn in on Saturday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi being the highest-ranking foreign leader present. Some Indian media applauded that Modi's attendance signaled India had regained influence over the... More

Two Indian helicopters to stay in Maldives, says new defence minister Mariya...

24 hours after new President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was sworn in, the new Defence Minister of Maldives, Mariya Didi, has said that Male won't be returning back the two Indian helicopters which New Delhi had... More

Maldives set to pull out of China free trade deal, says senior...

The Maldives’ new government will pull out of a free trade agreement (FTA) with China because it was a mistake for the tiny nation to strike such a pact with the world’s second biggest economy, the head... More

India’s wooing of Maldives’ leader ‘risks China ties’

New Maldives president's adoption of an 'India first' policy, followed by India's promise to help the country "through its economic difficulties," may push the Maldives back to being a dependent nation of India, Chinese analysts said. At his... More

New Maldives govt to apply to rejoin Commonwealth

The new Maldives government would apply to rejoin the Commonwealth within seven days, its first 100 day pledges said. Maldives left the Commonwealth in 2016 citing unfair and unjust treatment weeks after the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG)... More

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sworn in as new Maldives president

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has taken the oath of office before thousands of people and hundreds of foreign dignitaries, vowing to end systematic corruption and investigate alleged human rights abuses under his predecessor, Abdulla Yameen. Solih received... More


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More