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Island Paradise Becomes Latest Flashpoint in India-China Rivalry

  • Maldives under state of emergency as president battles court
  • China, India are jockeying for influence as regime teeters
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Power Struggle in the Maldives

A power struggle in the Maldives, a tiny Indian Ocean nation known for scenic luxury resorts and crystal-clear blue water, is taking center stage in a wider battle for regional influence between India and China.

On Monday, President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency after the Supreme Court ordered him to free political prisoners and opposition politicians he’s thrown in jail. Security forces then stormed the court and arrested two judges, as well as a former leader. The remaining judges later annulled the previous ruling, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.