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Landslide Win for Pro-China Leader’s Party in Maldives Vote

By Mohamed Visham Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu's party won control of parliament in a Sunday election landslide, results showed, with voters backing his tilt towards China and away from regional powerhouse and traditional benefactor India. ...

Maldives Votes in the Shadow of India-China Rivalry

The Maldives votes Sunday in a parliamentary election likely to test President Mohamed Muizzu's tilt towards China and away from India, the luxury tourism hotspot's traditional benefactor. Primarily known as one of the most expensive holiday destinations in South Asia, with pristine ...

Video of Indian Shepherds Confronted by Chinese Soldiers Along Disputed Border Sparks Outrage

A viral video of a tense encounter between Indian sheepherders and a group of Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers that took place on January 2 and surfaced Wednesday on social media is sparking widespread outrage in India. The ...

Pro-China Opposition Leader to be Next President of Maldives

Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Muizzu easily won a second-round vote against incumbent Ibrahim Solih to become president-elect of the small Indian Ocean island state. Muizzu, who is widely seen as favorable to increased engagement with China and less so with India, won ...

China’s Top Diplomat to New Delhi Calls for “Friendly Coexistence” With India

The Chargé d'Affaires at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, Ma Jia, Beijing's most senior diplomat in India, renewed a call for the two Asian powers to "normalize" their relations in a bid to halt steadily deteriorating ties. Ma made the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Xi-Modi Talks in Joburg Sparks New Optimism About Improving Ties With India

Reactions in China to last week's brief conversation between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were far more upbeat than those in India. To be sure, there was nowhere near as much commentary about the meeting in the ...

It’s Business as Usual for Xi and Modi, No Indication if the Two Plan to Meet in South Africa

All week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have maintained disciplined poker faces in their interactions with one another throughout the ongoing BRICS summit in Johannesburg -- not giving any hint that anything's wrong, severely wrong, between their two countries. ...

Is Myanmar a Good Testing Ground for How Far India Will Go to Counter China’s Influence?

By Saniya Kulkarni There have been developments in the China-Myanmar relationship since the first visit of former Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Bagan following the coup in 2021. When we last wrote of this visit, Chinese support of the military ...

Press Expulsions Leave India and China In the Dark

The last Indian journalist left in China has been expelled. The two powers have been kicking out each other’s reporters on a tit-for-tat basis over the last few years. The sole remaining reporter (working for the Press Trust of India) was told to leave this month, bringing the ...

India to Build Massive Hydropower Plant Near Contested Border With China

The Indian government will build a $3.9 billion hydroelectric power plant in Arunachal Pradesh, very close to the country's disputed border with China known as the Line of Actual Control. Environmentalists are condemning the $3.9 billion project saying the new 2,880-megawatt ...
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