Maldives Other Side: Great Power Rivalry, Authoritarianism  

China and India have jostled for influence in the Maldives with Beijing having an early advantage thanks to its deep pockets and Belt and Road Initiative before New Delhi's assertion grew during outgoing President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's rule

Mohamed Nasheed replaced Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 2008 after the Maldives' first multi-party elections ended the 30-year authoritarianism in the country