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Modi embraces Maldives as President Solih takes office, China out of favour

The surprise defeat of pro-China strongman Abdulla Yameen has opened a window for India

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Maldives' President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih takes office on Saturday, seeking help from India and the United States to climb out from under a mountain of Chinese debt that his predecessor racked up in a breakneck development of the coral islands. The surprise defeat of pro-China strongman Abdulla Yameen has opened a window for India, the strategic outpost's traditional political partner, to regain ground lost to Beijing in their tussle for regional dominance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the highest ranking visitor at the inauguration at the national ...

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First Published: Fri, November 16 2018. 18:36 IST
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