In-Depth Briefing #65: Ballot box bounty

The role of the ballot box in influencing the balance of power between India and China in the Maldives is emblematic of a broader phenomenon developing across South Asia. Both Nepal and Sri Lanka, for example, have followed a similar pattern to Maldives over recent years with a political revolving door which sees parties aligned with India periodically being replaced with those favouring closer ties to China.” Dr Sebastian Raj Pender on the significance of election results in Asia’s smallest country.

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