Maldives signs China military pact in further shift away from India


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By Helen Regan, CNN (CNN) — Maldives on Tuesday said China will provide it with “military assistance,” in the latest sign that the Indian Ocean archipelago’s pro-China shift is well under way following the election of President Mohamed Muizzu last year. The Maldivian Defense Ministry said it signed an agreement with Beijing Monday “on China’s provision of military assistance” and that the deal would foster “stronger bilateral ties,” according to a post on social media site X. Details of what the assistance would entail were not released but the ministry said the deal was “gratis” — or given for free....