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Maldives feels the weight of China's regional ambitions

Islands' increasing dependence on Beijing raises economic and military fears

An aerial view of Male, the Maldives' capital.   © Reuters

MALE, Maldives -- On Addu Atoll, at the southern tip of the Maldivian chain, a 29-year-old bonito fisherman has been advised "not to make political comments." But Iyaas can't help talking about what looks like a bright future.

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