The Maldives has long been a stark pin-up poster for climate change, quite simply because it will be the first nation on earth to go under if the warming seas continue to rise. As it is turning out, this idyllic nation of turquoise lagoons and silver beaches may also give off the first signs of geopolitical overheating.
Used to having the waves and the winds sculpt their palm-fringed islands, the Maldivians are now witnessing an ongoing tussle for influence between China and India reshape their nation.
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