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Geopolitical Significance of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean

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The Maldives, a picturesque archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is celebrated for its stunning beaches and tranquil waters. Despite being the smallest nation in Asia, covering just 300 square kilometers spread across 1,192 islands, its strategic position has made it a center of geopolitical competition between global powers.

The Indian Ocean's crucial shipping lines pass close to the Maldives, making it a strategic location for major powers like China, India, and the United States. This geographical advantage has propelled the Maldives into a complex situation where economic opportunities collide with political pressures as it seeks to navigate the competing interests of these influential countries. Analysts highlight the significance of the Maldives' position near major shipping routes in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, allowing it to serve as a link for sea trade between Asia and Europe.

Amitendu Palit, a research lead at the National University of Singapore's Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), emphasized how the Maldives' presence in this strategic area offers major powers the chance to exert influence over maritime traffic and shipping lanes. This geopolitical tug-of-war highlights the unique role the Maldives plays in the broader context of the Indo-Pacific region, where key players are vying for control and influence over trade routes and maritime activities.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09