ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

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.

"The FTA with China will be good, at least for us," Iyaas said about himself and other fishermen. "We'll be able to sell more skipjack tuna."

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more