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Belt and Road

Maldives election marks setback for China's Belt and Road

Beijing expected to move fast to court new India-leaning president

Supporters of Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih celebrate in Male on Sept. 24.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI/BEIJING -- China's effort to extend its influence into the Indian Ocean has hit a stumbling block as Maldivians have rejected a leader who brought their country closer to Beijing in favor of an opposition candidate aligned with India and the U.S.

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