The decision to send back maritime patrol helicopters is simply the latest effort by President Abdulla Yameen to roll back India’s presence in the Maldives.
The two sides have agreed to ramp up defence ties, and the Indian Navy is likely to get access to the port at Sabang island.
An anonymous leaker has made public the secret terms of the India-Seychelles agreement to develop a military facility on Assumption Island.
While commercial ties between India and Vietnam are far from their potential, President Tran Dai Quang’s upcoming visit to Delhi is a sign of strong strategic convergence.
The snub comes amid rising tensions between India and the Maldives and China’s bid for a larger footprint in the Indian Ocean Region.
Pakistan is looking at the possibility of cutting the US dollar out of its trade with China, but the move may widen their trade imbalance.