August 13, 2020

India seeks to counter China sway in Maldives with bridge project

Malé (Maldives) (AFP) – India on Thursday pledged $500 million to build bridges and causeways in the Maldives, as New Delhi seeks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean.The Maldives borrowed billions of dollars from Beijing and hired Chinese firms for infrastructure projects under previous President Abdulla Yameen.This stoked concerns in India and the West that China was saddling countries in Asia and beyond with unsustainable debts while expanding its sphere of influence.Under the new Maldives government, India has sought to regain influence in the archipelago nation of 340,…


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