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Malaysian PM to visit the Maldives on Dec 19


The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Razak and First Lady Datin Rosmah Mansor is set to undertake an official visit to the Maldives from the 19th to the... More

Indo-Maldives joint military exercise in Karna from Friday


The two-week long eighth edition of the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, 'Ekuverin', will be conducted from Friday (Dec. 15) at Belagavi, about 505 km from Bengaluru. The bilateral annual exercise is a 14-day joint military... More

Maldives bans local councils from meeting foreign diplomats


Maldives’ local councils have been banned from meeting foreign diplomats without written permission from authorities including the home affairs ministry, with the British ambassador calling it the “latest unfortunate step” in the Maldives. The Local... More

Maldivian tour operators authorised to work in China  


The Sino-Maldives free trade agreement signed last week authorises Maldivian travel agencies and tour operators to set up shop in three Chinese cities. Maldivian companies will be able to operate in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin,... More

China-Maldives trade pact catches India off guard


While India's political establishment was focused on Nepal's landmark election on Thursday, China was busy wrapping up a free-trade agreement with the Maldives. The move represents a diplomatic setback for New Delhi, as Beijing... More

China promises not to interfere in Maldives’ internal affairs


China has told the Maldives that it is wedded to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. This is stated in the Joint Communique issued by the governments of the two... More

Free trade and OBOR pacts take Sino-Maldivian ties to a new height


The signing of a Free Trade Agreement and an MoU on cooperation in implementing China’s ambitious and prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) international connectivity project at the Great Hall of People in Beijing... More

China tells India to calm down after Maldives trade deal


India will “do nothing but upset itself” if it tries to prevent closer trade ties between China and the Maldives, Beijing state media has said, days after the tiny island nation approved a deal... More

Maldives’ president Yameen to make first state visit to China


President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen is to make his first state visit to China, days after rushing through a massive trade deal with the world’s second biggest economy. A brief notice issued Monday said the... More

India silent on Maldives, China FTA


India maintained cautious silence on the free trade agreement that the Maldives signed on 29 November with China. Senior officials at the Ministry of External Affairs said the government needs to look into the... More

Maldives downgraded to ‘fragile state’ by IMF


The Maldives has been downgraded to a “fragile state” by the IMF because of the tense political situation, the way business is regulated and how the country’s finances and budgets have been run in... More

It’s advantage China as India loses Maldives plot


India is losing the Maldives plot and China has finally demonstrated the kind of sway it holds on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nation. Pakistan and Nepal have been increasingly under Chinese... More

Maldivian opposition protests rushing through of FTA with China


The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has vehemently protested against the way the Abdulla Yameen government rushed the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement (FTA) through parliament on Wednesday (Nov 29). “The Speaker of parliament had called... More

Maldives to ink free trade pact with China


Maldives' ministerial cabinet on Wednesday (Nov 29) gave the green light to sign the free trade agreement with China. Speaking to reporters after the cabinet sit-down, economic minister Mohamed Saeed said the agreement would provide... More

Maldives awards mega housing project to China firm


Maldives government has awarded the recently announced mega housing project in the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale to a prominent China firm, according to Chinese media reports. Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom last week had launched... More

IS terror suspects planning suicide attack in Maldives


Two Maldivian men charged with terrorism were planning to carry out a suicide attack in the capital Malé, officials confirmed on 15 November. Ishag Ali, from Madduvari island in Raa atoll, and Hussein Afeef, from... More

Maldives MP accuses Sri Lanka of aiding opposition coup plots


Maldives ruling party MP Riyaz Rasheed has accused Sri Lanka of assisting alleged opposition efforts to overthrow the Maldivian government. On 7 November, speaking at a press conference, covered by the country’s media, Riyaz said... More

Maldives accused of intimidating, silencing media


The Maldives is tightening its grip on the media and freedom of speech by using the broadcasting regulator to silence and intimidate journalists, a leading NGO has warned, as the government pushes a draft... More

U.S. discusses Maldives turmoil with India


Amidst growing political turmoil in Male, a team of U.S. diplomats met senior MEA officials to discuss the events in the Maldives on Thursday. The team, led by U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and... More

Case filed over transfer of $ 1 million to Maldivian President’s account


Maldivian Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed the case of the transfer of USD 1 million to the account of the President, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, by the SOF Company, a company heavily involved in... More

Maldives remains committed to maintain democracy, says President


Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said that his government remains committed to maintain judicial independence, democracy, rule of law and human rights, and in continuing to cooperate with international partners in upholding... More

COLUMN

Should India see Nepal polls as defeat!

Delhi's foreign policy mandarins could not conceal their glee when, in a tweet on 13 November, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa announced the scrapping of the US$2.5 billion deal with China’s Gezhouba Group to build Budhi Gandaki Hydro Electric Project. The proposed project planned to build... More

De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Has anyone benefited from American interventionism?

For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in Europe and Asia. America’s non-interventionist philosophy was summed up by John... More

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More