China Struggles to Fend Off Allegations of Debt Trap Diplomacy
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China Struggles to Fend Off Allegations of Debt Trap Diplomacy

Desperate for cash, Tajikistan is about to sell yet another vital asset to China at a time that countries like Sri Lanka and the Maldives are demanding renegotiation of debt settlements that either forced them to surrender control of critical infrastructure or left them with unsustainable repayments. The pending Chinese acquisition of a stake in…

Modi’s Indian Ocean Island Trip Is Integral to His Second Term in Office
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Modi’s Indian Ocean Island Trip Is Integral to His Second Term in Office

Indian Prime Minister Modi will pay his first foreign trip since re-election to the Indian Ocean island states of the Maldives and Sri Lanka from 8-9 June in showcasing the geostrategic importance that these two countries have for India’s foreign policy during the next five years of his second term in office. Indian think tanks…

Sri Lankan Authorities May Have Fallen Into a Trap Set by a Foreign Power
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Sri Lankan Authorities May Have Fallen Into a Trap Set by a Foreign Power

The entire world remains confronted with the horrors that unfolded yesterday throughout Sri Lanka. Whilst the country remains under curfew, the authorities have pinned the blame for the attack on an obscure group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ). NTJ is reportedly an Islamist terror group that as noted by Sri Lankan authorities, has multiple links…

The Maldives Might Not Become an Indian Satellite, At Least Not Yet
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The Maldives Might Not Become an Indian Satellite, At Least Not Yet

The opposition pulled off a surprise win in the Maldives’ presidential elections last weekend. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih trounced President Abdulla Yameen by a 16-point margin even though the US, India, and many Western countries fearmongered that the incumbent would resort to vote rigging in order to remain in power. It’s for this reason why many…

McCain Didn’t Die, He was “Reincarnated” in India!
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McCain Didn’t Die, He was “Reincarnated” in India!

In what was either an eerie coincidence or a sign of something supernatural, a rabid right-wing Indian politician began loudly beating the drums of war against his county’s tiniest neighbors on the day that McCain discontinued his treatment for brain cancer, remarkably channeling the Senator’s rhetoric of militantly “spreading democracy” in the Maldives that was…