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Maldives lifts state of emergency, defusing China-India tensions

Politically turbulent island nation became a regional sea power flashpoint

The Maldives became a front in a power struggle between China and India in the Indian Ocean.

NEW DELHI -- The Maldives' president has lifted a 45-day-long state of emergency that had raised the threat of maritime clash between China and India over the tiny island nation.

President Abdulla Yameen ended the state of emergency Thursday "in an effort to promote normalcy," according to a statement from the president's office, "though there still exists a diminished threat to national security."

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