India moves to reset ties with Maldives

Island nation was moving closer to China which has spent millions on its infrastructure

Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (centre) with supporters in Male on Monday. Among the challenges he faces is that of balancing relations between India and China.
Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (centre) with supporters in Male on Monday. Among the challenges he faces is that of balancing relations between India and China.PHOTO: REUTERS

The victory of the Maldives' opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the presidential polls has given India a chance to repair ties with the island nation which has been moving closer to China under President Abdulla Yameen, analysts say.

India considers the Maldives to be in its sphere of influence. But the past few years have seen the growing presence of China in the nation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2018, with the headline 'India moves to reset ties with Maldives'. Subscribe