The Maldives Is a Tiny Paradise. Why Are China and India Fighting Over It?

The article first appeared in The NewYork Times on March 5, 2024

Between a few flecks of coral in the Indian Ocean, a ribbon of highway more than a mile long swoops up from the blue. Since 2018, the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge has connected this archipelago’s hyper-dense capital, Malé, and the international airport — expanded by Chinese companies — one island to the east…

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