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The Maritime Silk Road and China–Maldives Relations

  • Srikanth Kondapalli
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Asia-Pacific Political Economy book series (PASTAPPE)

Abstract

Maldives occupies a crucial place in China’s 2013 Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI) given the country’s geostrategic location in the Indian Ocean. Chinese policymakers, academics, and media commentators have recently highlighted the need for China to participate actively in the Indian Ocean and develop a robust relationship with Maldives in order to protect its resource flows and position itself for power transition in the region. China has stepped up contacts with Maldives and is actively pursuing the MSRI plan of laying down dual-use infrastructure projects in the region. This chapter argues that Chinese relations with Maldives are expanding and that this is reflected in high-level visits, the provision of aid and loans, the construction of infrastructure projects like the strategic iHavan project, the expansion of tourism, and free-trade talks.

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  • Srikanth Kondapalli
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  1. 1.Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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