IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


70 Years Pakistan Independance Day Celebration

Contemporary Regional Developments in Maldives

8th December - 15th December
  • Maldives signed free trade and maritime deals with the world’s second biggest economy China and it is expected to add to concerns in New Delhi over Beijing’s influence in South Asia.
  • Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom visited China from December 6 to December 9, 2017 at the invitation of China President Xi Jinping to increase Belt and Road cooperation between the two countries.
  • Maldives government condemned the US act of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “The Maldives considers East Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian territory. The Maldives, therefore, calls on the United States to respect the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and not hinder the international efforts to advance the peace process.”
1st December - 7th December
  • The Chinese Belt and Road initiative has put India’s traditional primacy in South Asia under threat as Beijing also secured Maldives’ agreement to become part of China’s Maritime Belt and Road Initiative.
  • The increased Chinese investments in the Maldives over the years, ranging from housing projects to infrastructure projects such as building roads and airports and now Chinese Maritime Silk Road project will help Maldives get out of India’s orbit.


  • December 2017