Gist of Editorials: Once More with Male (Indian Express) | GS – II

Relevance : GS Paper II (International Relations)

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence at Maldives President Ibrahim Solih’s hints to revival of Male – New Delhi relations.
  • Solih’s predecessor, Yameen, had turned increasingly dictatorial and had deepened relations with China.
  • China devoted considerable political and economic resources to influence Maldives.
  • Maldives has sought India’s assistance to develop infrastructure and wants to deepen economic cooperation. Further, the new govt has decided to pull out of the FTA with China.
  • India should not assume that Maldives has become “pro-India” and return to the old ways of doing business in Male.
  • India must devote political attention and economic resources to transform the bilateral relationship into a genuine Indian Ocean partnership.