Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on September 24, the day after the election. Photo: Reuters
Ankit Panda
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Voters re-energise Maldivian democracy, but new leaders are unlikely to push China away

Under its iron-fisted former president, the Maldives, an enthusiastic participant in belt and road projects, was seen as just another chess piece in the geopolitical tug of war between India and China, Ankit Panda writes

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Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on September 24, the day after the election. Photo: Reuters
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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.