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What’s China have to do with Maldives? – China’s latest political and current affairs news


Here is some news from far outside Beijing, where Donald Trump will arrive on November 8 for a state visit (see coverage of that on SupChina today, and also from October 31, November 2, November 3, and November 6):

  • Many Pakistanis became outraged when they learned that a Chinese citizen in their country had received a national ID card, when some muslim refugees from neighboring Afghanistan are still waiting on theirs. The Economic Times reports that Pakistan’s Interior Minister scrambled to clarify that both of the man’s parents were naturalized Pakistani citizens, but the incident could signal an underappreciated undercurrent of anxiety over China’s enormous investment and influence in the country.
  • Maldives and Sri Lanka are attracting coordinated interest from India and the U.S. because of Chinese influence and ISIS threats, according to the Times of India. Without going into specifics, the Times of India says that “China’s financing mechanisms mean that it could be controlling large areas of Maldives fairly soon,” and noted that China is a “world leader in land reclamation,” an important area of development for the climate change-threatened island nation.
  • The Times of India says that “India and US are also teaming up to monitor returning ISIS fighters into Maldives,” because the small nation of 400,000 has “sent almost 400 ISIS fighters to Syria and Iraq.”
  • In Sri Lanka, the U.S. aircraft carrier Nimitz visited last week “without a murmur from India,” contrasting with years past when India would object to such a maneuver. The Times of India’s report ends by stating, “India’s policies in the Indian Ocean region are undergoing a sea change.”
  • A visit to a border region of India and China by India’s Defense Minister, which occurred on October 8 and was hailed as a “goodwill gesture,” received a rebuke from China’s Foreign Ministry a full month later, India Today reports. In response to questions from Indian media at a press conference, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the visit had been “not conducive to peace.”

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Lucas Niewenhuis

Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.