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India Holds Sway Over the Maldives for Now but Not Forever, Says Scholar

The Maldives will remain under the political influence of India for the time being, but eventually, it will fall under the sway of China, according to Chinese scholar Zhu Fangfang, director of the Dhivehi Language Program at Beijing Foreign Studies University. ...

Concern Over China’s Growing Naval Presence Dominates Australian Indian Ocean Gathering

The foreign ministers from Australia and India both issued veiled critiques of China's military build-up in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at a conference hosted by both countries in the western Australian city of Perth on Friday. The gathering brought together ...

China, Madives Upgrade Relationship

Mohamed Muizzu, the president of the Maldives, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. The meeting, Xi’s first with a foreign leader this year, saw the announcement of an upgrade of ties ...

China’s Maritime Research Has Military Role: Report

The government of Sri Lanka announced in early January that it is imposing a one-year ban on Chinese research vessels docking at its ports. Last year, Colombo got into a spat with India about allowing a Chinese ship to dock amid Indian fears about military surveillance.

Maldivian President Courts Investors, Controversy During China Trip

Mohamed Muizzu, the newly elected president of the Maldives, met with business leaders and Party officials in the Southeastern province of Fujian during the first phase of his five-day visit to China. Speaking at an “Invest Maldives” event in Fuzhou on Monday, 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Maldives Leader’s Visit to China Points to Changing Politics in the Indian Ocean Region

The recently-elected president of the tiny Indian Ocean archipelagic state, the Maldives, arrived in China for what will be a closely watched week-long visit. Mohamed Muizzu and his wife, Sajidha Mohamed, landed in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian on Monday, where ...

Xi Congratulates New Maldives President, Promises Closer Ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Mohamed Muizzu on Tuesday on his election as president of the small Indian Ocean archipelago state and pledged to forge closer ties. Meanwhile, Muizzu isn't wasting any time in pushing forward with his campaign promises to re-orient ...

Head of U.S. Forces in Africa Repeats Unsubstantiated Claim that China Is Planning an Atlantic Military Base

The commander for U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), General Stephen J. Townsend reiterated his assertion that China is looking to build a second military base in Africa, this time somewhere along the Atlantic coast. In a wide-ranging ...

Renewed Calls For Chinese Debt Relief as Wang Yi Wraps Up Africa & Indian Ocean Tour in Sri Lanka

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded his week-long, five-nation tour of East Africa and Indian Ocean states on Sunday in Sri Lanka, where he held talks with Prime Minister Malina Rajapaksa and his brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The politically sensitive issue ...

Wang Yi’s Visit and Africa-China Alignment

It has become customary that the Chinese Foreign Minister’s first overseas trip of the new year is to Africa. Just as customary is the annual bout of chin-stroking and speculation among Africa-China watchers about the choice of destinations.  This year, the ...
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