China, India should cooperate in Maldives

Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives' presidential election on Monday with 134,616 votes, defeating incumbent President Abdulla Yameen who received 96,132 votes. In a statement, India's foreign ministry congratulated Solih, saying, "This election marks not... More

Transition of power underway, says Maldives pres elect

Maldives' presidential transition has been initiated from Tuesday, the country's president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said vowing to bring much needed change to the archipelago. Speaking during an impromptu main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) national council sit-down,... More

China urges ‘stability’ in Maldives after opposition wins presidential election

China on Tuesday called for “continuity and stability” in the Maldives after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the leader of an opposition that has vowed to review Chinese projects, defeated incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in a weekend election. China and... More

Why are China and India so interested in the Maldives?

The Maldives, long a popular tourist destination, has grown in strategic importance in recent years as China and India vie for influence in the region, and as Beijing pushes ahead with its global trade and infrastructure plan. Spread... More

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen concedes defeat after shock election result

The strongman leader of the Maldives on Monday conceded defeat in the presidential election, easing fears of a fresh political crisis in the archipelago at the centre of a battle for influence between India and China. “The Maldivian... More

Surprise defeat for pro-China Maldivian strongman Yameen, but India shouldn’t celebrate yet

The just concluded presidential elections in Maldives have handed a surprise defeat to the pro-China president Yameen Abdul Gayoom and victory to joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohammed Solih or Ibu, thus making Maldives the fourth state in... More

Diplomatic enclave: Newer ties

This year is the year for elections in South Asia and has already brought unexpected electoral changes in all three elections held in 2018. From Nepal to Pakistan and most recently in Bhutan, which has just conducted... More

Maldives holds presidential election as China and India vie for influence

The Maldives' presidential election has been dubbed a "referendum on freedom." As China gains more political influence across the archepelago, India wants an electoral setback for "pro-Beijing" President Yameen. The Maldives will hold its third multiparty presidential election... More

Who will come out on top in Maldives election – and are...

More than a quarter of a million people will vote on Sunday for the next leader of the small Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives in an election criticised internationally for a lack of transparency and suppression... More

Maldives heads to polls amid criticism over fairness of vote under President...

More than a quarter of a million people will vote on Sunday (Sept 23) for the next leader of the tropical Maldives in an election criticised internationally for a lack of transparency and suppression of government critics. President... More

Maldives Pres pledges creating 600K new jobs by 2023

Maldives president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has pledged to create 600,000 new job opportunities in the country by 2023 should the public decide to re-elect him for a second term. While addressing to the questions at the presidential... More

Dozens of Bangladeshis need aid after fire in Maldives

Dozens of Bangladeshi workers have been left without basic necessities after a fire, the Maldivian Red Crescent said Sunday as it appealed for public donations. The fire, at a housing ministry labour quarter, was extinguished shortly after it... More

Maldives presidential candidates urged to affirm press freedom

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Maldives' two presidential candidates to give firm undertakings to respect press freedom after the Indian Ocean archipelago's leading independent TV channel, Raajje TV, was forced to pay another record fine last... More

Maldives welcomes 1 millionth tourist

Maldives has welcomed the island nation's one millionth tourist on Sunday. A special ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the one millionth tourist in 2018, was held at Velana International Airport (VIA) on Sunday by Maldives Marketing and... More

Maldives aligns with China instead of India

The recent development in Indian Ocean Region,(IOR) which has discomforted India is the Maldivian decision to ask India to take back its troops and military hardware from Maldives, in a given time period. For decades India has... More

Maldives hits out at US over threat of sanctions if election is...

The Maldives has hit out at the US after Washington warned of possible sanctions against key officials on the island nation if upcoming elections are not free and fair. President Donald Trump’s administration warned the Indian Ocean archipelago... More

US threatens sanctions against Maldives

The US Friday threatened sanctions against people in the Maldives “who undermine democracy, the rule of law, and a free and fair electoral process.” Heather Nauert, from the State Department, said the US was concerned about continued democratic... More

India puts plans on hold as Maldives goes to polls

Reputation has its own downside, especially in diplomacy.  India’s successful naval intervention in Maldives in 1988 to thwart a coup against the then president Maumoon Abdul Gay­­oom, seems to have played a key role in shaping New... More

India should give up zero-sum mindset toward China-Maldives cooperation

As the Maldives celebrates the opening of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge - a project Maldivians describe as the project of the century and a dream come true - there was no congratulations from its neighbor to the... More

India boycotts China-Maldives bridge inauguration

Indian officials were notably missing at the inauguration ceremony of Maldives’ first ever bridge, Sinamalé Bridge, last Thursday. According to ‘Times of India’, India’s resident Ambassador to Maldives Akhilesh Mishra did not attend the event as the country... More

Indians are getting anxious about their future in the Maldives

Indian dentist Ibrahim Sayeed* has been living and working in the Maldives since 2016, and does not want to return home anytime soon. In Kerala, his home state, he would work for 12 hours a day and... More


Saudi investment in CPEC will deepen Pak ties with Riyadh and...

Pakistan has officially invited Saudi Arabia to not only invest in the geo-economically celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also be a strategic partner, deepening considerable strategic convergence on economic as well as geo-political issues. The immediate reason for Saudi Arabia’s billion-dollar investment in CPEC is, as Pakistan’s own finance minister said, his country’s poor economic condition and the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves, hampering its ability to continue and complete... More

India’s juvenile volte face

It was the “political survival instinct” of the rapidly weakening BJP which made the Indian government suddenly call off the foreign ministers-level talks with Pakistan which were to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi were to meet and thrash out a range of issues bedeviling bilateral ties. The reasons for not... More

South Asian media: Inventing a region?

South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what it actually means and how one is supposed to respond to it. The result has been an overlap of ideas, projects and ultimately regional strategies that fail to produce a concept which everyone can buy into. South Asian media as it exists today is a... More

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment...

Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s civilian leader, is worried about the impression this increased dependence on China is having. She wants to allay the fears of both the United States and... 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