In relief to India, Maldives may scrap ocean deal with China


An agreement China signed with the Maldives to build an observatory in the Indian Ocean is likely to be scrapped, as India’s relations with its maritime neighbour  enter a purple patch following the exit of former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen.

Top local government sources in Male told TOI that the agreement Yameen signed with China in 2017, which raised a security alarm in India, is “not on the table”. Titled ‘Protocol on Establishment of Joint Ocean Observation Station’, the agreement was meant to allow China to construct an observatory at Makunudhoo, the westernmost atoll of the Maldives in the north. Read More

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