FTA opportunity open for neighbor-ally India; says Maldivian minister

Maldivian Fisheries Minister Dr. Mohamed Shainy has said that Maldivian close ally India has the same opportunity to establish a free trade agreement with the country, much like the Asian giant China. Dr. Shainy's comments... More

Indo-Maldives joint exercise concludes in Belagavi

The two-week long eighth edition of the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, 'Ekuverin', came to an end at Belagavi, about 505 km from Bangalore, on Thursday (Dec 28). The bilateral annual exercise was a 14-day joint... More

No unrest in Maldives-India relationship; says envoy

Maldives ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed affirmed the relationship between India and Maldives has not worsened and remains steadfast. Speaking to India's "National Herald" Mohamed assured the unity between South Asian neighbors India and Maldives... More

Yameen’s two-pronged strategy to win the 2018 Presidential election

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who has been drawing intense flak from the opposition and the Western powers for allegedly flouting democratic norms and fostering Islamic radicalism, is hoping to win the September 2018 Presidential... More

Maldives reaches out to India, discusses high-level bilateral meet in bid to...

Amid growing concerns in New Delhi over an open display of hostility against India in the Maldives, Male seems to be finally reaching out to the Indian government. It is currently discussing a high-level... More

Maldivian President appeals to his countrymen not to antagonize India

The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has appealed to his countrymen, especially the media, not to antagonize India as it is the “closest friend and ally” of the Maldives. Speaking in an Atoll he was visiting... More

Maldives and China sign free trade agreement

Maldives President Abdul Yameen made his first state visit to China early this month to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), underscoring the growing partnership between the two countries. Yameen praised China, declaring it... More

India downplays Maldives diplo drama

India has scotched rumours of a rift with the Maldives, saying the two countries enjoyed a close relationship with shared development and security interests. External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar made the remarks on 21 December... More

Maldives cosponsors Palestine resolution despite US threat

Maldives has cosponsored the resolution submitted to the United Nations General Assembly criticizing the decision to United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Countries will be voting on the resolution – which... More

Agreement signed for a Maldivian cultural center in Malaysia

The government of Maldives and the government of Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to a Maldivian cultural center in Malaysia. Four key agreements have been signed between Maldives and Malaysia during Malaysian Prime... More

Malaysian PM Najib flies into Male for official visit to Maldives

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak arrived Maldives Tuesday (Dec 19) for a two-day official visit. Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were greeted on arrival at the Velana International Airport, Hulhule, by... More

Ties with India will not severe despite relations with China, says Maldives

Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim has assured neighboring ally India that the ties between the two nations will not be severed over China-Maldives free trade agreement. Asim had assured the diplomatic ties and internal policies... More

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


Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be widening as Pakistan continues its drift away from the US towards China and Russia. The gap is undoubtedly widening between the two erstwhile allies. While the... More

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled for December 2018, considerably uncertain about inclusive participation. Bangladesh’s experience with electoral politics has been miserable since birth and with... More


Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

Modi corrects course, woos farmers and poor

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an aggressive reachout to farmers and the poor in the new Budget, but analysts say it remains to be seen if this course correction will work. They say it hinges on whether the government will be able to implement the schemes. It also... More



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 a Gorkhaland state is... More