Maldives Crisis: A Mega Battle For Regional Influence?

PUBLISHED ON: February 10, 2018 | Duration: 50 min, 50 sec

  
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The tiny island nation of Maldives made waves across the world this week after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state emergency and took political prisoners including members of the judiciary who took him on over the prosecution of political opponents. The Supreme Court of Maldives appealed for India to step in to resolve this situation but India is yet to respond to the crisis. Is it time for New Delhi to step up its diplomacy to curb the increasing Chinese influence in India's neighbourhood? Is India losing its charm as the superpower in the Indian ocean as China eyes trade and military networks in the region? Is it wise to follow the 'wait and watch' policy or is it time for swift overt action? On this week's episode of The Big Fight, we speak to experts from the field of foreign policy to help us decode this strategic conundrum.
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